Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dr Balram Bhargava on Thursday said that one company has already made an application for the Covid home testing kit, and three more are in the pipeline.
Addressing a routine press briefing on Covid-19, Dr Bhargava said, “Within the next week, we should have another three companies launching the home testing kit for Covid-19.”
Sharing the detailed guidelines for the use of the approved home testing kit, the ICMR DG said that the kit should hopefully be available in the market in three-four days.
Here’s how to use it:
1) Buy a test kit from a chemist shop
2) Download the mobile app
3) Conduct the test at home
4) Click mobile image and upload, test result will be given.
Dr Bhargava also said that more Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) should be carried out as one can get the results rapidly and then isolate the Covid-19 patient.
ICMR issues advisory for home testing kit
The ICMR had on Wednesday issued an advisory for the home testing using Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) in view of the deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Among the list of advisories, the ICMR stated that individuals who test positive may be considered as true positives and no repeat testing is required. All symptomatic individuals who test negative must get tested by RTPCR as RATs are likely to miss few positive cases with low viral load.
For the RAT-based home testing purpose, the ICMR has approved the test kit manufactured by Mylab Discovery Solutions Ltd. The name of the kit is CoviSelfTM(PathoCatch) COVID-19 OTC Antigen LF device and the test sample needed is a nasal swab.
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