Covid has advanced throughout these years and if something has been achieved, it is that we have already reached a point where we have greater prevention, diagnosis and defense of the virus.
When the pandemic started, to find out if you were infected with the virus you had to go to a health center so that professionals with special devices could do a test to find out your status, this could take a few days.
Now there is the rapid Covid-19 antigen test, available in many countries, which you can perform from the comfort of your home by following a few short steps. You will have results after a few minutes that are generally accurate depending on when and how you performed the test.
What is a SARS-CoV2 rapid antigen test
The rapid antigen test It is a test that allows you to detect Covid in a few minutes.
They give negative or negative results depending on the case and are not able to detect if the disease has already been overcome. The steps to follow are very simple and each kit comes with the relevant instructions.
You find them as a rapid oral or nasal fluid antigen test . The first, the Covid-19 saliva test, may be more effective in variants such as the Omicron.
These tests allow giving indicative diagnoses that can later be confirmed by repeating the same or a PCR, depending on the regulations of the health entity.
What are the rapid allergen tests available?
There are already several recognized laboratories that have developed highly efficient and effective tests for Covid. They identify traces of Covid in saliva or in the nostrils.
All Covid tests have similar steps and you just have to follow the packaging instructions to perform them correctly. There are already several authorized laboratories that provide these tests: Covid-19 BOSON, Covid-19 NEWGENE, Covid-19 WESAIL, Covid-19 GOLDSIDE and Covid-19 FLOW FLEX.
They are usually very safe but it is always good to repeat the tests to rule out false positives or negatives.
Where to throw the Covid tests
Much has been said about how to perform and interpret the results of the SARS-CoV2 test , but some doubts have also arisen about where these tests should be disposed of once they have been used.
These tests consist of a cassette, tubes with chemical products and swabs. To know where to dispose of them once used, we must go to the instructions of the manufacturers of these kits. Many come with special bags to put each of the elements.
Health centers are also expected to provide special containers for this type of waste, which should be handled properly to avoid contamination and contagion.
Taking into account these suggestions on the handling of these rapid test kits is very important, since they are delicate elements and contents.
With these quick Covid tests, it is expected that the diagnosis of the virus will be faster and more accessible to everyone.