During his daily update on COVID-19 in Chile, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich spoke about the rapid tests that are being applied to healthcare personnel to detect the presence of antibodies against the infection.
“The Health Ministry has received a donation of 500,000 tests to detect antibodies, which technically are called Immunoglobulin G and Immunoglobulin M. These are used to discover whether people’s blood shows a defense response that says they have already had the virus,» the Minister explained.
He explained that, “what this test does is allow for asymptomatic people to be diagnosed. It also helps to monitor healthcare officials and to ensure that the safety measures are working, as well as to rapidly test people who have been in close contact with an infected person but haven’t had the CRP test done.”
Minister Mañalich repeated that a medical discharge card will be provided to people who have had the virus, whether or not they had symptoms. “So every person who has had the virus, with symptoms or asymptomatically, if they have tested positive in a CRP test, will be given a medical discharge card that effectively states, ‘you have had the virus’. A medical discharge card will also be provided to those people who did not have symptoms but now have antibodies, above all those with positive IgG,” he added.
He continued that the COVID-19 ID Card is being postponed. “We have been shown that this could lead to a problem of discrimination in the sense that a person who has been provided with a COVID-19 ID card might be privileged ahead of others without the card, for instance in terms of being hired or rehired for a job or entering a public building,” he explained.
Healthcare Networks Undersecretary Arturo Zúñiga gave the update on the pandemic in Chile, announcing that 1,647 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which brings to 28,866 the total number of cases in Chile to date.
Of the total number of people confirmed as having the virus, 13,112 people have recovered and 15,438 still have the active virus.
The death of 8 people was announced, bringing the national total to 312 people.
In terms of the people in hospital, there are 565 patients in intensive care units, 470 of whom are being supported by mechanical ventilators and 87 of them are in a critical condition.
In regard to the Covid-19 Integrated Network, there are currently 550 ventilators available.
The network of laboratories analyzing CRP tests provided the results for 12,780 tests in the past 24 hours, bringing the national total to 280,684.