Ogie Alcasid tests negative for coronavirus after initial results showed he was positive

The actor says he was asymptomatic the whole time

OGIE ALCASID. The singer says he tested negative for coronavirus after two earlier rapid tests showed he was positive. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Ogie Alcasid tested negative for coronavirus in a PCR swab test after a previous rapid antibody test result showed he was positive for the virus.

In a Facebook post, the actor explained that he has been in isolation after testing positive from a first rapid test. He then said that he took another rapid test that came out negative.

For a “tie breaker,” he said he took a third test, again showing positive results – and as their HR protocol dictated, he took a PCR swab test on Monday, July 6.

The results came after 4 days, showing that he was negative.

“Praise the Lord!!!” he said. He shared that in his isolation he had “communion with God.”

“Btw, I was asymptomatic the whole time,” he said.

The PCR or polymerase chain reaction test is still seen as yielding more accurate results in the Philippines – up to 97% accurate or higher.

The test involves taking a swab from a patient’s nose or throat to determine the actual presence of the coronavirus and if a person is currently infected. Results are processed in 24 hours or longer.

The rapid antibody test takes a patient’s blood sample and detects antibodies, which the body produces in response to an infectious agent, such as a virus. The antibodies generally arise after 4 days up to over a week after being infected, so rapid tests are not used to diagnose current disease. (READ: FAST FACTS: What’s the difference between PCR, rapid antibody tests?)

As the name implied, rapid antibody test kits deliver results faster – approximately 45 minutes. However, doctors have warned when rapid tests are used on people without coronavirus symptoms, there is a high incidence of false positives.

On July 11, the Philippines recorded 54,222 coronavirus cases, after counting over 1,000 cases daily for 9 straight days. – Rappler.com