The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday said home usage of Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) is advisable only on symptomatic individuals and immediate contacts of coronavirus-positive patients confirmed by laboratories.
Issuing a new advisory for home testing, the ICMR said indiscriminate testing is not advisable and should be conducted according to the procedure described by the manufacturer in the user manual.
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Following are some of the other key points of the advisory:
- The home testing mobile app is available in Google play store and Apple store and must be downloaded by all
- The mobile app is a comprehensive guide of the testing procedure and will provide a positive or negative test
result to the patient.
- All users are advised to click a picture of the test strip after completing the test procedure with the same mobile phone which has been used for downloading the mobile app and user registration.
- Data in the app of your mobile phone will be centrally captured in a secure server which is connected with the ICMR COVID-19 testing portal, where all data will be eventually stored.
- Patient confidentiality will be fully maintained.
- All individuals who test positive may be considered as true positives and no repeat testing is required.
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