Ground Report | New Delhi: How to test for Covid-19 at home: The Indian Council of Medical Research, or ICMR, has emphasized the importance of rapid antigen test (RAT) for covid-19. ICMR saying that people who have symptoms of corona infection and who have been in contact with a patient found positive in the test. They should check at home with the help of RAT to confirm covid-19.
According to the latest ICMR consultation, all those who are found positive in RAT should be considered c covid positive and there is no need to get them tested again.
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The ICMR has said that “Those people who use RAT kits at home have symptoms of corona. Do not do these tests without thinking.”
“But people who have symptoms of corona and if they get negative in RAT, they should get RT-PCR test done immediately. This is because we have seen that patients who have low virus load (volume), many At times, they are unable to confirm covid-19 via RAT.
However, people with corona symptoms should follow the precautions given by the Ministry of Health even after coming negative and should be treated as a potential corona patient. “
How to test at home
ICMR has said that the information given on the prescription given with the RAT kit contains all the information related to its use. Read them, follow them.
According to the institute, there are also mobile apps providing information about home testing on Google Play Store and Apple Store, which people checking at home can download.
According to ICMR, all the people checking at home can upload their test by uploading the picture of the test through mobile phone in the app.
ICMR said that people’s data will remain on a secure server which is connected to ICMR’s covid-19 Testing Portal. All the data is collected here. In this new process, patients’ privacy will be maintained.
According to ICMR, covicelf TM (Pathocache) and covid-19 OTC antigen LF (MyLab Discovery Solution) are currently two test kits that have been recognized in India.