Covid’s self-test kit CoviSelf is due to be on the market by the end of next week, says the Pune based manufacturing company.
Covid self-testing kit will be priced at ₹250, and will be available online, the firm said.
The Pune director of MyLab Discovery Solutions, Sujjet Jain, informed news agency ANI that CoviSelf, the first home test kit for Covid Testing will be available in the market by the end of next week.
“The company will start shipping out tests within a few days. Mylab current production capacity is 7 million tests per week and plans to increase its capacity to 10 million tests per week within 14 days,” the company said.
The test kits are launched in accordance with ICMR and a new advisory package is available at the end of Wednesday. However, indiscriminate checking is therefore not recommended.
Pune’s Mylab receives ICMR approval for India’s first self-use Rapid Antigen Test kit ‘CoviSelf’ for COVID-19.
“This test is for self-use. If you test positive via this there’s no need for RT-PCR test as per ICMR. Any adult can use this kit by reading our manual,”says Director pic.twitter.com/3Rz59rc72O
— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2021
The tests are tracked using Mylab’s mobile app, which recommends that users after finishing this testing procedure press on an image of the test strip.
“This easy-to-use test combines with Myab’s AI-powered mobile app so that a user can know his/her positive status, submit the result to ICMR directly for traceability, and know what to do next in either case of result,” Mylab director Sujit Jain said.
Mylab said that this would relieve stress on already overloaded research laboratories and minimise testing delays in some areas of the world by more than 72 hours.
ICMR’s new advice and Mylab’s introduction of a test kit follows serious delays in the second wave test, as laboratories are overburdened with installation demands and still grappling with contaminated personnel’s manpower shortage.
Steps for using the Coviself Testing Kit
Step 1: Open the test kit from the tail end and take the kit out. You must not touch the swab head.
Step 2: Take the nasal swab and dip in the pre-filled extraction tube. Pinch the tube at the bottom and swirl nasal swab 10 times ensuring the swab is immersed well in the extraction buffer.
Do not leave the test device unused once opened for more than 5 minutes.
Step 3: Add 2 full drops of extracted antigen buffer mixture into the sample well of the test device, by pressing the tube, and wait for 10-15 mins for the results to appear. Read the results within 20 minutes. Strong positive results can be reported within 10-15 minutes. However, results that appear after 20 minutes are not valid,
Step 4: Take the test result picture from your mobile. Wait for the Mylab CoviSelf mobile app to analyse and display your result.