The first rapid home test to detect infection with Corona

The first rapid home test to detect infection with Corona
The first rapid home test to detect infection with Corona
The news of the Corona virus, which has completed the first year since its first case was detected on November 17 last year, is accelerating in China.

And with it, the efforts of researchers and scientists are accelerating to find an effective vaccine that protects millions of people around the world from infection with the new Corona virus, with the remarkable success of most of the vaccines currently underway in full swing.

Another obsession that some people suffer from is the Corona screening test, which may take some time before the result is obtained. But good news came from the United States of America, after the US Food and Drug Administration issued a permit to use a home self-test to detect infection with the Coronavirus that can give quick results, in emergency situations.

A home test detects infection with the Coronavirus

The test is called “Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit” Developed by «Sierra Health» It is a single-use molecular test that can be obtained by prescription for self-diagnosis of Coronavirus, according to the CNN website, citing the US Food and Drug Administration.

According to the relevant department, the rapid home test uses molecular amplification to detect the virus in people who are infected or suspected of having Covid-19 disease. Results can be obtained within 30 minutes.

“While diagnostic tests collected from home for Covid-19 have been previously approved, this is the first fully self-administered test that can provide results at home,” said Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration in a statement about the new test.

How does the quick home test to detect infection with Corona work

The home test is based on nasal swab samples that one collects and can be used for individuals 14 years and over, or people who have suspected coronavirus infection.

For people under the age of 13, they can use the Quick Home Test provided it is examined by a healthcare provider.

The new self-test includes a sterile swab, sample vial, test unit, batteries and a plastic bag. The sample collected from the nasal swab is inserted into the vial, which is later inserted into the test unit, where it is analyzed.

As for the results, they are displayed through the test unit by changing the colors of the LED screen indicators, according to what was stated by the Food and Drug Administration, which authorized the use of this test also in health care settings such as doctors’ clinics, hospitals, urgent care centers, and emergency rooms for all ages. Collected by a health care provider.

Beware of a quick home test

According to Han, the new test is an important diagnostic option in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, but at the same time it has encouraged health experts to exercise caution.

“The data is still emerging, but it is imperative to be careful with what the Food and Drug Administration provides in light of some previous emergency use permits,” Tom Pollike, director of the Global Health Program and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told CNN. .

But he added that the rapid home test is a promising sign, with the possibility that the home test may help the United States of America return to normal soon. And if we had the ability to determine the viral load daily, this would help maintain the safety and security of others, according to Puliki.

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