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India’s 1st Self Testing Kit

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As the worst-hit country, there was always a need to increase testing in India. Hence on Wednesday ICMR has approved self-testing kits in India. CoviSelf Antigen Test Kit is a home testing kit of Covid-19 that can result in 15 mins. This will not only boost per day tests in India but will help in tracing positive cases across the country, hence today we are going to talk about CoviSelf Antigen Test Kit and its use.

The Story

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved the CoviSelf Antigen Test Kit for-home testing of Covid-19. This kit is developed by Pune-based MyLabs Discovery Solutions. This kit is providing a key assistant to medical care facilities. CoviSelf Test Kit can provide result in 15 mins.

The Rapid Antigen Test kit (RAT) can be used at home but it is advisable only to symptomatic individuals. Then individual has to immediate-contacts to laboratory if confirmed positive cases, the ICMR said.

But let’s understand what is Antigen?

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Antigen

An antigen (Ag) is a molecule or molecular structure, such as pathogen (An organism which causes disease), can be bound by an antigen- precise antibody or antigen receptor. The antigens in the body usually trigger immune response.

The medical research organization has also advised adjacent to the indiscriminant use of the test kit.

CoviSelf Test Kit

CoviSelf Antigen Test Kit
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Each RAT kit will be provided with all testing materials. And also Instructions for use (IFU) leaflet and a biohazard bag to carefully dispose of kit after use.

This CoviSelf kit will be available at Rs. 250 each at stores.

The test is planned to be done using a nasal swab. A nasal swab is a test which takes cells sample from the Nasopharynx. The nasopharynx is the uppermost part of your nose and throat

ICMR also asked those who test negative and continue to feel COVID-like symptoms should look for follow-up from their healthcare provider.

CoviSelf Mobile App

CoviSelf Antigen Test Kit
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The ICMR has asked users to download the home testing mobile application. The CoviSelf application is available on Google Play Store and Apple store both.

“The mobile app is a complete guide of the testing process and will provide a positive or negative test result to the patient,” it said. “All users are advised to click a picture of the test strip after finishing the test procedure with the same mobile phone, which has been used for installing the mobile app and user registration.”

MyLab

MyLabs Discovery Solutions is a Lonavla, Pune-based molecular biology Company. The RAT kit is developed by MyLab. The company stated they will start shipping out test Kits from 1 of June. Mylab current manufacturing capacity is 70 lakh tests per week and plans to increase its capacity to 1 crore tests per week within 14 days.

Mylab had launched India’s first locally developed RTPCR test a year in the past. Here RTPCR is a nuclear-resulting method for detecting the presence of the COVID-19 virus.

So that’s it for today guys about CoviSelf Antigen Test Kit.

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