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ICMR approves kit for rapid antigen test, report will be available through mobile app


Corona tests can now be done at home: ICMR approves kit for rapid antigen test, report will be available through mobile app

According to the ICMR statement, home testing is for symptomatic patients only.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday took a major decision on corona testing. The ICMR has approved a rapid antigen test kit for corona testing at home. With this kit people will be able to check for infection by taking a sample through the nose. A new advisory has also been issued for its use.

The app will have to be downloaded to the mobile.
According to a statement issued by ICMR, home testing is for symptomatic patients only or those who have been in direct contact with a confirmed case in the lab. 

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The home testing kit will be done manually as stated by the company that made it. For this, you have to download the app from Google Play Store and Apple Store. Positive and negative reports will be available through the mobile app.

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The test can be done in this way

  • People will have to take a nasal swab through this kit.
  • People doing home testing will have to take a photo of the strip. This photo has to be taken from the phone on which the mobile app has been downloaded.
  • Mobile phone data will be stored directly on ICMR's testing portal.
  • Those who report positive with this test will be considered infected, they will not need any other test.
  • Those who are positive will have to follow the guidelines of the ICMR and the Ministry of Health regarding isolation.
  • Patients with symptoms that have a negative result will have to undergo an RT-PCR test.
  • All repeat antigen negative symptomatic people will be considered suspicious covid case.
  • Such people will have to stay in home isolation until the RT-PCR test report is received.
  • The patient's privacy will remain the same throughout this process.

The name of the
kit has been authorized by My Lab Discovery Solutions Limited, a Pune-based company for the Kovyself Home Isolation Testing Kit. The testing kit is called COVISELF (Pathocatch).

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