TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—The State of Indiana now has its first mobile rapid antibody test. Phoenix Paramedic Solutions in Lafayette is rolling out the test in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"We're going to be able to take this test mobile," said Nathaniel Metz with Phoenix Paramedic Solutions
The test will detect if a patient's body is in defense mode.
"I know it's probably, definitely, the first in the state for an EMS agency to be deploying these kinds of exams," said Metz. "We are able to go to the person's house. Which will allow us to mitigate our chances of contracting the disease with other individuals and preventing that spread."
The test is specifically reading your body's antibody count. Patients will give a sample of blood through the prick of a finger and within ten minutes the results will show whether or not their body has started fighting off a virus.
"Up until this recent rapid test we were waiting three to five days for results and that puts an additional burden on employers and on health care providers," said Metz.
If the test comes back positive and the person is asymptomatic they are encouraged to quarantine. If the test is negative then that means their body isn't working to fight off any virus which presumably means they do not have COVID-19 but doesn't mean they are immune.
"Anytime you get sick whether that's bacterial or viral. Your body's immune system starts to develop protective measures against it," said Metz. "And the way it does that is through antibodies. So what we are measuring for are those protective measures being developed inside your body."
Performing this rapid antibody test prevents people who could have the virus from leaving their homes to get tested and prevents people who are asymptomatic from spreading it to others.
"If they are not exhibiting signs or symptoms and they are able to quarantine themselves at home then that's what they should do."
This type of testing is new for Phoenix Paramedics Solutions. Right now they are only working with their existing clients.
The company said their next priority will be essential workers and then they will offer this service to the public.
You are encouraged to follow their Facebook page for more information on this test and when it'll be available to the general public. For their page click here.