Panbio COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test – Know More About It
By Shantanu Sodhi +2 more
By Shantanu Sodhi +2 more
Early detection of COVID-19 cases and timely response in terms of isolation and treatment can help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. However, the laboratory testing (RT-PCR tests) of samples for COVID-19 is a time-taking process. This is where self-testing rapid antigen test kits come into the picture. These are a cost-effective way to test for COVID-19 at home and provide quick results leading to prompt isolation and treatment if needed.
They can also be used for regular screening of asymptomatic/symptomatic individuals which can help restore a sense of safety and reassurance as we take small steps to return to academic, professional, or social life amidst this pandemic. In light of this, Abbott has launched the Panbioâ„¢ COVID-19 antigen self-testing kit for the detection of Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 virus) antigen in adults and children with or without symptoms.
This is a rapid COL-07118-01 Panbio COVID-19 Ag ST – Practo Online Article (India) FINAL antigen test which detects antigens (identifiable proteins of the virus which stimulate an immune response in your body) of the Coronavirus. The test is approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and facilitates self-reading of results and quick online reporting to ICMR via Abbott’s NAVICAâ„¢ app.
Read on to find out more about the Panbioâ„¢ COVID-19 antigen self-testing kit.
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Each Panbioâ„¢ COVID-19 antigen self-test kit contains:
â— 1 test device
â— 1 instructions for use
â— 1 tube
â— 1 blue cap
â— 1 buffer bottle
â— 1 swab
â— 1 bag
â— 1 tube rack
For proper storage and stability, this test kit should:
â— Be stored between 2-30 °C (should not be frozen).
â— Be kept at room temperature (15 to 30 °C) for 30 minutes before use, if refrigerated.
â— Not be stored in direct sunlight.
â— Be used immediately after removing the device from the sealed packaging.
â— Not be used beyond the indicated expiration date.
If you suspect that you or a family member may be infected with COVID-19, take the Panbioâ„¢ COVID-19 antigen self-test.
Read the instructions carefully before starting and keep a timing device ready.
Find the result window and look carefully for two lines.
â— Positive Result: If there are two lines, control (C) and test (T) line, the COVID-19 virus was detected.
â— Negative Result: If only the control (C) line is present, the COVID-19 virus was not detected.
â— Invalid Result: If no control (C) line is present, the test is invalid.
This kit is available in your nearby local pharmacies and online as well. Click here to check.
The test kit can be used by individuals of all ages. However, in children below the age of 14 years, the test should be supervised by an adult.
The Panbioâ„¢ COVID-19 antigen self-test has several advantages.
â— It detects COVID-19 infection in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.
â— It provides results in 15 minutes.
â— It is easy to use with illustrated step-by-step instructions included in the kit.
â— It reduces the need to visit busy and crowded healthcare facilities for COVID-19 testing.
â— It provides accurate results*.
*In clinical evaluations of 102 self-test users, the Panbioâ„¢ COVID-19 antigen self-test correctly identified 100.0% (81 out of 81) of SARS-CoV-2 negative samples and 95.2% (20 out of 21) of SARS-CoV-2 positive samples.
The test has the following limitations:
A single test kit is priced at Rs 325 and a pack of 2 is available for Rs 650. The kit is also available in packs of 4, 10 and 20.
There are a few aspects to be considered while using the test.
If the test is positive, contact a doctor immediately and follow self-isolation guidelines. Further, a negative result does not rule out COVID-19 infection and false-negative results are possible. If you test negative, but COVID-19 related symptoms continue, get an RT-PCR test done. A confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 should only be made by a medical professional after further evaluation.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.