Covid-19 home testing kit using rapid antigen testing

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The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has given a green signal to a rapid home antigen (RAT) test kit for COVID-19. The ICMR has made it clear that only symptomatic individuals and immediate contacts of those who test positive in the laboratory should use the home test kit. The home test should be conducted according to the process detailed in an app, which should be downloaded from the Google play store and Apple store, the ICMR said.

  1. The mobile app is a comprehensive guide of the testing procedure and will provide a positive or negative test result to the patient.
  2. All users are advised to click a picture of the test strip after completing the test procedure with the same mobile phone.
  3. The data from the phone will be centrally captured in a secure server which is connected with the ICMR COVID-19 testing portal, where all data will be eventually stored.
  4. The home-based rapid antigen testing kit manufactured by Mylab Discovery Solutions Ltd, Pune, has been validated and approved by the ICMR.
  5. Only nasal swab will be required for this rapid antigen testing.
  6. The name of the kit is CoviSelfTM(PathoCatch) COVID-19 OTC Antigen LF device.
  7. The kit comes with a pre-filled extraction tube, a sterile nasal swab, one test card, and a biohazard bag. The person undertaking the test will have to download the Mylab coviself app on their mobile phone.
  8.  The mobile app is a comprehensive guide of the testing procedure and will provide a positive or negative test result to the patient.
  9. There will be two sections on the test card—the control section and the test section.
  10. If the bar shows up only at the control section ‘C’, the result is negative, and if the bar appears on both the control section and test (T) section, the test is positive.
  11. The test kit will be available in the market in about a week’s time and will be priced at 250 per kit.
  12. A positive test will take about 5 to 7 minutes, and a negative result will take 15 minutes max.