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How to fight covid: ATK should know how to properly test for COVID-19 by yourself

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2022-01-10 12:37:56

        

How to fight covid: ATK should know how to properly test for COVID-19 by yourself

        Before using the ATK (Antigen Test Kit) self-test kit to be effective and safe, should choose a test kit that has been approved by the FDA and clearly stated that for self test (Home use/Home test/Self test)

        Self-test kits for COVID include saliva testing and nasopharyngeal testing, some brands can test both by the user choosing one 

Saliva test kit

   •  No food, drink, smoking at least 30 minutes before the examination.

   •  Keep saliva to the specified limit.

Nasopharyngeal test kit

   •  Prod the nose according to the depth specified in the method of use, most are 2-2.5 centimeters.

   • Rotate the stick in the nostril for at least 4 turns or 15 seconds.

   • Wait for the test results to be timed for 15-30 minutes. 

Caution with both test kits.

   • Do not use a test kit that has a damaged package or improperly stored.

   • Check the expiration date before using.

   • Always wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol gel before and after the examination. 

If the test result is positive

   • Contact the hospital according to the right of treatment (gold card, social security, health insurance) If the test results are negative.

   • Observe the symptoms, may repeat the examination.

   • Wear a mask, wash your hands often, you may be able to isolate yourself before repeating the test.

        Used test kits must be disposed of in infectious waste bags to prevent spreading the infection to others.

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