Corona : Now do Covid test at home with this kit, Know How Accurate Results This Kit Gives
There will be no need to go to the Covid center for the test of corona virus because this test can be done even sitting at home. For this, at-home corona test kit is available in the market. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed that the at-home test can give false results when Omicron is used.
Since then, in the midst of the growing infection of Omicron, it is important to know how much can be trusted on the accuracy of this kit.
What is At-Home Corona Virus Test?
Rapid antigen or RT-PCR has to be done for corona test. Medical experts and labs are needed for all these tests. Corona's at-home test is an easy option. It is like a pregnancy test kit. The result can be known in 15 to 20 minutes by adding a sample to it. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved several home testing kits. These are available in the market in the range of Rs 250-500.
How accurate are at-home corona test results?
Experts believe that in the case of SARS-CoV-2, the at-home corona test gives mostly correct results. In just 15 minutes a person comes to know whether he is Kovid positive or not. However, it is not more accurate than the RT-PCR test.
How different from RT-PCR test?
The results of the Government of India Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) are considered to be the most accurate. In this, a sample is taken from the patient's nose or throat. This test is done in the lab for 4-5 hours. In this, ribonucleic acid (RNA) is tested, which is the genetic material of the virus. If the genetic sequence of the sample matches the genetic sequence of the corona virus, then the patient is considered to be Covid positive.
At-home corona test is a rapid antigen test. The method of extracting samples in this is similar to RT-PCR, but instead of going to the lab, it can be done at home. It is used to quickly detect the virus in the body. Rapid antigen test detects proteins and molecules found on the surface of the virus. According to experts, both the tests are effective in catching the original strain of corona virus. However, Omicron variants can sometimes be difficult to detect in an at-home test.