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Getting a result in 15 minutes is an enormous improvement on isolating nervously while waiting days for a text, and Rapid Antigen Testing is a more pleasant experience than the PCR test.
Because RAT testing can detect the Covid-19 virus in a matter of minutes, action can be taken much more quickly to avoid onward spread. This keeps your workforce safer and means staff do not have to be stood down while awaiting a test result. Contacts that test negative with RATs can remain at work, keeping businesses going,
Rapid Antigen Testing is the least invasive method of testing. It is a nasal swab, but it's only inserted into the lower part of the nasal cavity, so it's much more comfortable than PCR COVID testing.
The quick turnaround happens because the swab is mixed with solution and placed on an indicator device to see if a particular protein of the virus, known as an antigen, is present.
The Director General of Health has confirmed that businesses can use RATs as part of managing the health and safety of their workers in their response to Covid-19, but they need to secure, use and pay for their own private supplies. Approved companies, such as INSINC can sell 'high quality, safe and appropriate rapid antigen screening for COVID-19’.
The Rapid Antigen Tests we sell have gone through a thorough evaluation process and are approved for importation, supply, distribution and sale in Aotearoa New Zealand by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
We sell the Orient Gene COVID 19 Rapid Test antigen kit which offers great reliability and allows immediate detection of coronavirus antibodies 24-48 hours after infection with a nasopharyngeal sample. The overall accuracy of this COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test is 98.73%. During testing, 97.25% of COVID-19 positive samples and 100% of COVID-19 negative samples were identified.
The samples used to determine the performance of this test were collected during a clinical study conducted in the USA. The samples were confirmed positive and negative by a USFDA emergency use authorized PCR test.
These test kits are intended for self-testing purposes by untrained individuals outside laboratories or clinical settings, such as in your home and workplace.
This Rapid Covid-19 (Antigen) Self-Test is a swab test for the nose to check if you are infectious. All necessary re-agents are provided, and no additional equipment is needed. RATs can be used for people who have no symptoms.
Each test takes a few minutes to set up and results will be set up ready within a further 15 minutes.
This test is suitable for adults aged 18+ who can self-test and report, with assistance if needed.
Adolescents 12-17 can self-test and report with adult supervision, although the adult may conduct the test if necessary.
Children under 12 years of age should be tested by an adult. Do not conduct the test if you do not feel confident testing a child. Do not continue the test if the child feels pain.
This test is not suitable for people:
If you test positive for Covid-19 you can report your result so the relevant government departments can monitor the spread of the virus.
If you test negative for Covid-19, it is likely that you were not infectious at the time the test was taken. A negative test result, however, is not a guarantee that you do not have coronavirus.
In your test box you should have:
Immediately before performing the test, clear, clean and dry a flat surface to place the test kit. This is to avoid contaminating the test.
Do not perform the test in direct sunlight as this may lead to an incorrect result.
If you, or the person you are testing, experience a nosebleed during the swabbing, please stop swabbing. The swab can not be tested. It is recommended to consult your doctor if bleeding persists.
Do not leave the test to develop for longer than 20 minutes as this will void the test. And you will need to conduct the test again.
A line should appear next to C pretty quickly – that’s the control line. If one appears next to T, the test line, after about 15 minutes, you’ve got the virus
RATs are not as accurate at detecting Covid-19 as nasal and saliva PCR tests, which is why in New Zealand, PCR tests are still considered the gold standard.
In addition, all viruses can change, and the virus which causes Covid-19 is known to have a number of these variants. The rapid Covid-19 antigen Self-Test detects a part of the virus which is known to be less likely to change over time; the nucleocapsid protein, which is a small piece of SARS-CoV-2.
However, if you test negative but are still unwell, your symptoms become worse, or you develop new symptoms, it is important that you seek a healthcare professional right away.
Posted: Wednesday 23 February 2022
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