The Post COVID-19 CYTOKINE Testing (Long Covid) test contains 1 test with 1 biomarker.
Post COVID-19 CYTOKINE Testing (Long Covid)
- Interleukin-6, Highly Sensitive, ELISA (also known as CYTOKINE)
Cambridge researchers say that markers in our blood- 'fingerprints' of infection- could help identify individuals who have been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
A patient who has never had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 may have asymptomatic or mild disease and be missed by antibody tests.
The team has found a molecule known as a cytokine that is produced by T cells in response to infection and persists in the blood for a long time after infection.
Researchers have found a cytokine that is produced in response to infection by T cells and can be detected for several months - and potentially years - following infection.
The team's pilot study also found a particular biomarker in patients with long COVID. Their work suggests these patients produce a second type of cytokine, which persists in patients with long COVID compared to those that recover quickly. This cytokine might be one of the drivers behind the many symptoms that patients experience. Therefore, it could prove useful for diagnosing long COVID. Further research is needed to confirm these findings. However, this is a promising development that could improve our understanding of and ability to diagnose long COVID.