COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing : ICMR announced guidelines, all key important highlights , you must know

COVID-19 testing
COVID-19 testing
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The Indian Council of Medical Research announced fresh guidelines for the COVID-19 testing.

The step has been taken as the diagnostic laboratories face difficultly in fulfilling the testing target due to caseload.

What if he or she tested positive or negative :

  • Infected individuals who tested positive through RAT advised to practice home isolation and need not to be re – tested.
  • RT-PCR test must not be repeated in any individual who has tested positive once.
  • If individuals tested negative through RAT must be attached with an RT – PCR facility.
  • Must adviced to practice home isolation treatment.
  • No testing is required for COVID-19 recovered.
  • Individual will be discharged in accordance with the discharge policy of hospital.

COVID-19 testing, important highlights :

  • Testing not required for healthy individuals going for inter – state domestic travel.
  • Undertaking interstate domestic travel may be completely removed to reduce the burden on testing lab and infections.
  • Rapid Antigen Test ( RAT ) to be allowed across all government and private healthcare facilities.
  • RAT booths to be set up across healthcare facilities, offices, schools, community centres, collages and other spaces.
  • These booths should be operational on 24 × 7 basis to increase accessibility and availability of testing.
  • All RAT and RT-PCR tests must be uploaded on the ICMR portal.
  • Mobile testing laboratories are now available on GeM portal.
  • States are encouraged to augment RT-PCR testing through mobile systems.

What is RT-PCR Test?

  • RT-PCR : Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Many specialist consider it to be the most effective test to detect COVID-19 virus in human cells.
  • India has been reporting over 3 lakh daily coronavirus cases for over a week.
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