COVID-19 has been one of the most hazardous diseases, and while its numbers have reduced globally, the fight against it is not over yet. Hence, taking proper safeguard measures is of utmost importance. With schools, colleges, and offices reopening in regions across India, wearing masks, using sanitisers, washing hands, and using RAT kits for quick antigen tests can be helpful in practising precautionary measures.
What are RAT Kits?
Rapid Antigen Test kits are easily available online and at medical stores. They are reasonably priced at around Rs 250 and help in detecting the presence or absence of an antigen. The tests usually provide your result in 5 – 30 minutes, and a positive result indicates an infection.
These kits are beneficial in several ways:
- They can be used by anyone with minimal training
- Helpful in mass-testing
- Can identify an infected individual quickly
Mylab CoviSelf COVID-19 Self Test Kit
The Mylab CoviSelf Test Kit is approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research. It helps in detecting the presence of the COVID-19 virus using the nasal swab specimen. Individuals with symptoms but negative test results should verify if they have an infection through an RT-PCR test.
- The kit is available in different packs, which you can purchase as needed for you and your family.
- The kit should be stored in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight and humidity.
- The contents should not be used beyond their expiry date.
- All test-related accessories are provided in the kit, intended for single use only.
- 18 years or older individuals can self-test; individuals between 2 and 18 years can get tested with the assistance of an adult.
- The CoviSelf app must be downloaded to register and report results.
How to perform the RAT test using a kit at home?
When you are ready to self-test, wash your hands, dry them, and get a watch or a timer set up. Also, find a clean and sanitised space to conduct the test. The kit will usually provide you with an instruction manual, a swab, a test card or strip, a pre-filled extraction tube, and a waste disposal bag.
- Insert the nasal swab in both your nostrils up to 2-4 cm. Roll the swab at least 5 times in both your nostrils.
- Dip the swab in the pre-filled extraction tube, pinch the tube at the bottom and stir the stick at least 10 times.
- Now take the stick out of the tube or find the breaking point to close the lid of the tube.
- Add 2 full drops of this liquid into the test card.
- Wait for up to 15 minutes for your result to appear.
- If only 1 red line appears against C marked on the test card, that means you have tested negative against the virus. If both lines appear against C and T marked on the card, it means that you have tested positive.
- If 1 red line appears against T, or no lines appear, it means that your test is invalid, and you need to conduct another one.
- Throw all waste in the disposal bag, disinfect the area or surface which the specimen might have touched, and wash your hands after.