The risk of getting COVID is very real in the modern day. However, due to the heavy backlog, diagnostic labs are having trouble providing testing appointments to everyone who may be exhibiting COVID symptoms.
There is an alternative if you believe you have COVID but are unable to schedule an RT-PCR test immediately soon. Use a kit for home corona testing.
Anyone above the age of 18 may use this at home. When the test kit is administered to those under the age of 18, adult supervision is advised.
What is an at-home or self-test?
Whether or whether you have symptoms, self-tests for COVID-19 can be performed anywhere and provide quick results regardless of your immunization history.
They identify active infections. They differ from laboratory-based tests, which may take days to return your results, in that they provide your result in a matter of minutes.
Self-tests do not assess your immunity level or look for antibodies that might indicate a past infection.
Instructions: How to use
- Find a spot that is clean and well-hygienic to put your test kits.
- Wash and dry your hands after using soap.
- Additionally, download the app mentioned in the test kit and enter your information.
- Make sure you carry out this action.
- Open the test tube.
- As soon as you open the kit, be sure to get the results.
- For the liquid to settle, tab the pre-filled extraction tube on the table.
- Open the sterile nose swab with one hand holding the tube.
- Avoid touching the swab end.
- Place the nasal swab in each nostril one at a time, up to a distance of 2-4 cm.
- Five times in each nostril with the swab
- Put the swabs in the prepared extraction tube, then break them.
- Before using, thoroughly read the user handbook.
- Keep out of children’s and pets’ reach.
- The test will be deemed invalid if the findings take longer than 15 minutes.
- It is imperative to closely adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendations while disposing of the swab kit.
Which kits have the ICMR’s approval?
- The ULTRA Covi-Catch SARS-CoV-2 home test from SD Biosensor Healthcare
- The Coviself (Pathocatch) COVID-19 OTC Antigen LF instrument from Mylab Discovery
- Panbio COVID-19 Antigen rapid test system from Abbott
- AbCheck Rapid Antigen self-test from Nulife Care
- The Angtech COVID-19 home test kit from Angstrom Biotech
- The CoviFind COVID-19 Rapid Antigen self-test from Meril Diagnostics
- The CliniTest COVID-19 Antigen self-test from Healgen Scientific Limited
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. How does an antigen test function?
Ans. The corona testing kit in question is made to find an antigen, a type of protein that is present on the surface of viruses. Therefore, the test will detect traces of the antigen if the virus is present in your body.
Q2. What is the results’ validity?
Ans. Individuals who test positive using a home testing kit may be regarded as true positives by the ICMR, and no-repeat testing is necessary.
All symptomatic people who test negative must undergo RT-PCR testing.
Q3. Is RT-PCR superior to the fast antigen test?
Ans. The two tests operate differently despite serving the same aim. The rapid antigen test is much quicker, but the RT-PCR test is more precise. You can consult your doctor and determine the best course of action based on the results of your antigen test.
Q4. Where to buy a COVID-19 Test at Home?
Ans. Purchase tests online, at retail locations, or through pharmacies. Self-test purchases may be covered by private health insurance. Local health departments might also offer free exams.
The COVID-19 antigen (viral nucleoprotein) can be qualitatively detected using the Home Test Kit from nasal swabs taken from individuals exhibiting respiratory infection symptoms.
The assay is quick and convenient immuno-chromatographic. The tool’s purpose is to assist with a quick differential diagnosis of COVID-19 Virus infection.