Tests and Kits for CoV-2 Diagnosis

Covid-19 Testing (Part 2) by Dr Babita Goyal & Pooja Sharma
The testing kits available for SARS-CoV-2 can be categorized into 2 main classes viz. PCR based Molecular Assays, and Serological & Immunoassays. The principles of these tests were covered in Part 1 of this article. This part of the article will cover the test kits currently available and being tested/used worldwide.

Diagnostic Tests for Covid-19

Covid-19 Testing (Part 1) by Dr Babita Goyal & Shalini Bajaj
Covid-19 is an infectious disease resulting from infection by SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) virus. The virus mainly spreads from person to person by exposure to the droplets emitted by the infected person. Testing of Covid-19 infection or any other viral infection is based on two basic principles viz. detection of viral load by identifying viral RNA/DNA and detection of antibodies developed in the patient in response to the infection.

Favipiravir and Umifenovir – A Promising Drug Combination

A strategy for Covid-19 Treatment; Pooja Sharma
Covid-19 infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 has infected about 8 million people across the globe affecting over 150 countries, the United States being the most affected one. This is one of the worst ever pandemic with over 450 thousand deaths so far and the virus is still spreading. The major problem with this infection is breathing difficulties, which results in death.

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