The Indian Council of Medical Research has approved a COVID self test kit for use at home. This will be a Rapid antigen test that you can conduct by taking a nasal swab yourself. Pune based pharma company Mylab is offering these kits priced at Rs 250 each.
Many Western countries are already offering self test kits for their citizens. This is considered to be a big ally in the fight against COVID as more and more people have access to the test. This test is useful for those people who are at high risk due to contact with COVID positive individuals or who are experiencing symptoms. When such people cannot reach a lab to get tested, self test kits can be very useful to confirm a diagnosis. The kit comes with a sterile nasal swab, pre-filled extraction tube, a test card and a bio hazard bag to dispose the testing materials.
The test will be linked to ICMR COVID app and results will be immediately transmitted to the authorities. Sharing the test results with authorities helps the government in carrying out contact tracing effectively.