Self-testing Covid-19 Kit

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday approved the country’s first Covid-19 self-testing kit for home use. It will be used by any of the individuals to check their covid content whether positive or negative by collecting their own nasal sample and test it for SARS-CoV-2.

Self-tests can be effective if the patient follows isolation norms, feeds correct data and is able to interpret the results accurately.

How does a self-test kit help?

Due to the second wave crisis of covid-19, the majority of the people are affected and the lack of testing centers and laboratories occurred.

In order to solve this problem, there is new co itself kit is released with its own app features similar to the RT-PCR test. By making use of it we can test at home easily.

Self-test kits can potentially be a game-changer in Covid-19 management in India. These can cut queues in laboratories, reduce costs, dissipate the burden on existing manpower for a sample collection from homes, and provide quick results (within 15 minutes), leading to prompt treatment and isolation.

Such a self-test kit was first approved in the US last November. A rapid-result all-in-one test kit produced by Lucira Health was given emergency use authorization. Similar kits have been approved in Europe and South Korea too.

Who can use this test?

ICMR has advised this test only for those who have symptoms or are high-risk contacts of positive patients and need to conduct a test at home.

If positive, the person will be considered Covid-19 positive and will not require RT-PCR as a confirmatory test. All government guidelines for isolation and high-risk contact tracing will be followed.

Coviself test is synced with a mobile app, CoviSelf, which will help directly feed the positive case’s report on the ICMR portal. This test is not advised for general screening in public places of hawkers, show owners, or commuters.

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How does a self-test kit help?

Due to the second wave crisis of covid-19, the majority of the people are affected and the lack of testing centers and laboratories occurred.

Who is Developed Coviself?

Mylab company started developing it.

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