Using a Fast Antigen Test, the Medical Research of Indian Council, released a guideline in May recommending that people self-test for COVID-19 in their homes (RAT), the kit, dubbed CoviSelf, it was developed by Mylab Discovery Solutions Ltd and intended for use at home has been authorized by the medical regulatory board.
An application for COVID-19 home testing has already been submitted by one company, and three more are in the process of being submitted.” We should have three more companies on board by the end of next week.
Who Is Eligible to Purchase COVID Self-Test Kits? What Is the Best Way to Use Them?
You can now perform a COVID test in the comfort of your own home. But how do you do it? What safety precautions must be observed?
An application for COVID-19 home testing has already been submitted by one company, and three more are in the process of being submitted, we shall have three more companies on board by the end of next month, but how will you be able to tell if someone has used the kit, and who can use it? Here’s what we know thus far, based on the International Commission on Medical Research criteria.
Who is eligible to use the COVID-19 at-home testing kit?
The use of rapid diagnostic tests (RAT) at home is only recommended for symptomatic patients and those who are close to laboratory-confirmed positive cases.
- It is not recommended to do indiscriminate testing and what does the International Commission on Medical Research (ICMR) mean by indiscriminate? It means home test kits should never be used randomized, without careful assessment.
- What exactly is coviself? Do you have any instructions on how I can take the exam at home? COVID-19 can only be tested at home, a nose swab is all that is required for the test, an individual who is 18 years or older are eligible to take the test while an adult member will be responsible for collecting the sample from children between the ages of 2 and 17.
The RT-PCR test vs. the Rapid Antigen Test
RATs are far more cost-effective and portable than RT-PCR procedures, which can be expensive and necessitate the use of specialized laboratory equipment as well as careful transportation and one of the big advantages of RATs, as ICMR says, is that they can be done in 15-30 minutes.
Making these self-testing kits available on the market might significantly alleviate the pressure on the country’s RT-PCR laboratories.
Is it necessary for me to have a doctor’s prescription in order to purchase the test?
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research,coviself, is approved for non-prescription home tests.
What should I do to prepare for the exam?
The following instructions are available on their website
- Find a spot that is free of debris to conduct the test
- Make use of a table and properly sanitize the surface
- Before taking the test, wash and dry your hands with soap
- Remove the items of the kit from the pouch and arrange them on the table
- Take a moment to download and set up the MylabCoviSelf app, available for both Android and iOS devices, before you begin testing.
- Then you’ll need to get your nasal swab
A careful reminder is instructed on the manufacturer’s guide on how to dispose of testing kits, please follow them carefully.