I tested myself for COVID-19 with the Antigen Rapid Test Kit

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I tested myself for COVID-19 with the Antigen Rapid Test Kit

With the recent increase of COVID-19 clusters formed, the antigen rapid test (ART) kits will be rolled out first to those near large Covid-19 clusters. Unfortunately, one of those clusters is in close proximity to my residence, so I collected a set for my self-testing.

The good news is eventually, all households here will receive Covid-19 self-test kits progressively, as Singapore scales up its testing regime and works to live with the coronavirus. If you are in need of a test kit, visit https://www.gowhere.gov.sg/art to find out the locations to collect your (ART) Self-test kit.

I tested myself for COVID-19 with the Antigen Rapid Test Kit

The instructions come in a full A4 double side sheet and do not be surprised that you will feel a little confused at first glance. Check out the step by step instructions or simply watch the video below. Good luck!

WASH YOUR HANDS
Before you start testing, wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser. Make sure your hands are dry before starting.

STEP 1 (CHECK YOUR TEST KIT)
Locate the kit components: It is recommended gloves (not provided) also be used during testing.

STEP 2 (PLACE TUBE IN THE TUBE HOLDER)
Remove cap from one TUBE and place it in the TUBE HOLDER

STEP 3 (SWAB THE NOSTRILS)
Remove the SWAB from its wrapper, being careful not to touch the SWAB head.
Gently insert the SWAB 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch into the nostril, depending on the size of the person’s nose. Firmly rub the SWAB in a circular motion around the inside wall of EACH NOSTRIL at least 4 times.

Be sure to rub BOTH nostrils with the SAME SWAB.

Note: If you are swabbing others, please wear a face mask. With children, you may not need to insert the swab as far into the nostril. For very young children, you may need another person to steady the child’s head while swabbing.

Note: Failure to swab properly may cause false negative results.

STEP 4 (PLACE SWAB IN THE TUBE)
Immediately place the SWAB into the liquid inside the TUBE, and ensure it is touching the bottom. Stir 3-4 times. Leave the swab in the solution for ONE MINUTE.

Note: If the swab is in the solution for more than 10 minutes, it should not be used.

STEP 5 (REMOVE SWAB FROM THE TUBE)
After ONE MINUTE, remove the swab from the TUBE by rubbing the swab head against the inside wall of the tube to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Dispose of swab in the trash.

STEP 6 (OPEN THE TEST STRIP)
Open the TEST STRIP pouch carefully at the slit and hold the TEST STRIP from the top.

STEP 7 (PLACE TEST STRIP IN THE TUBE)
Place the TEST STRIP into the TUBE with the arrows pointing down. Leave the strip in the TUBE for a FULL TEN MINUTES – do not handle or remove.

STEP 8 (REMOVE TEST STRIP FROM THE TUBE)
At TEN MINUTES, remove the TEST STRIP from the TUBE. Next, place the TEST STRIP on the outline in Steps 10-12. Ensure the TEST STRIP is on a flat surface in good lighting.

Note: The test is intended to be read at 10 minutes. If the test is read before this or is read more than 5 minutes after the indicated read time, results may be inaccurate (false negative, false positive or invalid) and the test should be repeated.

STEP 9 (CHECK YOUR RESULTS)
There are three types of results possible.
1. Check for a Positive Result
2. Check for a Negative Result
3. Check for an Invalid Result

STEP 10 (CHECK FOR A POSITIVE COVID-19 RESULT)
Place the TEST STRIP on the test strip outline (on user instructions) and compare with test result examples shown.

A POSITIVE result must show BOTH a BLUE line and a PINK line near the BLUE line. Look closely! Even a very faint, pink Test Line and a blue Control Line is a POSITIVE result. The intensity of the lines may vary.

STEP 11 (CHECK FOR A NEGATIVE COVID-19 RESULT)
Place the TEST STRIP on the test strip outline (on user instructions) and compare with test result examples shown.

A NEGATIVE result will show a BLUE line but NO PINK line.

STEP 12 (CHECK FOR AN INVALID COVID-19 RESULT)
Place the TEST STRIP on the test strip outline (on user instructions) and compare with test result examples shown.

If there is NO LINE, or if there is ONLY a PINK line, the test is INVALID and you should repeat the steps starting at the beginning using a new TUBE, SWAB and TEST STRIP.

*Each box contains 2 sets of tests.
*A second test should be obtained with at least 24 hours (and no more than 36 hours) between tests.

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