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ANTIGEN RAPID TEST (ART) SELF-TEST KITS
Antigen Rapid Test (ART) Self-Test Kits
Antigen Rapid Test (ART) self-test kits are made available over the counter for individuals who are worried that they may have COVID-19 and want to put their minds at ease.
ART screens for SARS-CoV-2, a virus that causes COVID-19. It is a quick screening tool to pick up any possible infection early. The test is easy to do and safe, taking only less than 20 minutes.
STEP 1 - KIT PROCEDURE
Step 2: Interpretation of Test Result
What the results mean
NEGATIVE: Even if you test negative, please stay vigilant. Do continue to observe safe distancing measures and practice good personal hygiene such as regular hand washing and wearing a mask when leaving your home. Continue to monitor your health and test yourself where necessary.
POSITIVE: You may be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. after confirming with the 2nd test contact your local hospital and doctor.
INVALID: An invalid test may mean that the test was not performed correctly. You must perform a second ART test immediately. If your second ART test is still invalid,
Q1: Where and when can I purchase an ART self-test kit?
The self-test kits can be purchased here
Q2: Is ART painful?
ART is conducted by inserting a swab stick approximately 2cm into the nostril. These swabs are shallower and less intrusive than the nasopharyngeal swabs taken for PCR tests. Users may experience some discomfort, but the swabs should not be painful.
Q3: How do I use the ART self-test kit?
Instructions and requirements will vary with the brand of test kits you purchase. Please read and follow the instructions carefully so that you can use the ART self-test kits correctly.
The ABCDs of ART Self-Testing
A - Act
- Act if you are worried that you may have COVID-19. Get at least two ART self-test kits to stock up at home just in case you need it.
- If you have any acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms such as fever, cough, flu, or runny nose, please do not perform any ART self-testing and visit a nearby clinic.
- If you had nasal surgery in the last 4 weeks or facial surgery in the last 8 weeks, do not perform any ART self-testing at home. Instead, please visit your doctor.
B - Be informed
- Be Informed and read how to use the ART test kits correctly, according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Instructions and requirements will vary with the brand of kits you purchased.
- Before you perform the test, please ensure the following:
a) You are in a well-ventilated room (e.g. next to an open window), away from others.
b) Find a flat surface to place your cartridge. You may need a mirror and a timer to guide you.
c) The surfaces used can be easily cleaned and wiped down (your bathroom may be a good place to conduct the test).
C - Check
- Check yourself. Clean your hands, swab both your nostrils, read, and check your own ART test according to the manufacturer’s instructions in your specific test kit.
- If your test result is positive or invalid, take a photo of your result with your identification document (NRIC/passport) next to it before disposing of your ART test kit.
D - Dispose
- Dispose of the used test kit properly:
a) Bag all the used items in the test kit into one plastic bag or sealable bag and seal it.
b) Place the sealed bag into another plastic bag.
c) Tie the second bag tightly with a rubber band or cable tie.
d) Throw it into a rubbish chute or pedal bin immediately.
S - Stay Safe
- If you have a positive test or two invalid tests, please do the following:
a) take a picture of the results before disposing of your ART test kit.
b) Mask up and avoid large crowds.
c) Visit your nearby doctor or hospital.
- If you test negative, please continue to observe safe management measures, practice good personal hygiene such as regular hand washing, and wearing a mask when leaving your home.