The Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) on Wednesday launched an advisory for COVID-19 house testing utilizing Fast Antigen Checks (RAT). In keeping with the medical physique, house testing by RAT ought to be performed solely in symptomatic people and instant contacts of laboratory confirmed constructive circumstances. The ICMR has accepted CoviSelf (PathoCatch) COVID-19 OTC Antigen LF gadget to be used at house. It’s developed by Pune-based Mylab Discovery Options Ltd.
- Residence testing by RAT is suggested solely in symptomatic people and instant contacts of laboratory confirmed constructive circumstances.
- Indiscriminate testing just isn’t suggested.
- Residence testing ought to be performed as per the process described by the producer within the consumer guide.
- The house testing cellular app is offered in Google play retailer and Apple retailer and have to be downloaded by all customers.
- The cellular app is a complete information of the testing process and can present a constructive or damaging take a look at outcome to the affected person.
- All customers are suggested to click on an image of the take a look at strip after finishing the take a look at process with the identical cell phone which has been used for downloading the cellular app and consumer registration.
- Knowledge within the app of your cell phone can be centrally captured in a safe server which is linked with the ICMR COVID-19 testing portal, the place all knowledge can be ultimately saved.
- Affected person confidentiality can be totally maintained.
- All people who take a look at postive could also be thought-about as true positives and no repeat testing is required.
- All take a look at constructive people are suggested to comply with house isolation and care as per the ICMR and Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare protocol.
- All symptomatic people who take a look at damaging by RAT ought to get themselves instantly examined by RTPCR. That is particularly necessary because the RATs are prone to miss few constructive circumstances presenting a low viral load.
- All RAT damaging symptomatic people could also be handled as suspect COVID-19 circumstances and are suggested to comply with ICMR/MOHFW house isolation protocol whereas awaiting the RTPCR take a look at outcome.
- All outcomes could also be interpreted as per the protocol laid down by the producer within the usermanual.
- Producer’s directions have to be strictly adopted for disposal of the take a look at package, swab and different supplies.