The ICMR chief, Dr Balram Bhargava, had recently said the government is exploring home testing solutions to increase the testing capacity as the country battles the much severe second wave of Coroanvirus.
The testing kit is likely to be available in the market in a week’s time.
Here’s all you need to know about the home testing kits and its usage:-
* ICMR has approved CoviSelfTM (PathoCatch) COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test- a testing kit manufactured by Pune’s Mylab Discovery Solutions Ltd.
* The top medical body has advised against Indiscriminate testing and has asked people to use it only in symptomatic individuals and immediate contacts of laboratory confirmed positive cases.
* All individuals who test positive may be considered as true positives and no repeat testing is required.
* ICMR also advised all symptomatic individuals who test negative by RAT should get themselves immediately tested by RTPCR. This is especially important as the RATs are likely to miss few positive cases presenting with a low viral load.
Here are the steps for using the testing kit:-
Step 1: Open swab package at tail end and take swab out. One must not touch the swab head.
Step 2: Take the nasal swab and dip in the pre-filled extraction tube. Pinch the tube at the bottom and swirl nasal swab 10 times ensuring the swab is immersed well in the extraction buffer.
Step 3: Do not leave the test device unused once opened for more than 5 minutes. Add 2 full drops of extracted antigen buffer mixture into the sample well of the test device, by pressing the tube, and wait for 10-15 mins for the results to appear. Read the results within 20 minutes. Strong positive results can be reported within 10-15 minutes. However, wait up to 20 minutes to report negative results. Results that appear after 20 minutes are not valid,
Step 4: Take the test result picture from your mobile. Wait for the Mylab CoviSelfTM mobile app to analyse and display your result.
For reading the result, If both the quality control line “C” and the detection line appear, novel coronavirus antigen has been detected and the result is positive for antigen. If there is only a quality control line C. and no test line 41″ it indicates that the result is negative.
A detailed document with instructions as well as a demonstration video for the use of the testing kit is available on the company’s website.