You can now do a swab test at home! Where can you buy a Covid-19 self-test kit? Can kids use them? Here’s what you should know about DIY Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits available for purchase from 16 June
When the Prime Minister announced that we would be slowly transitioning to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), we heaved a sigh of relief! While we’re excited to go back to dining-in (from 21 June) and gathering in groups of five again, PM Lee also mentioned the ramping up of Covid-19 vaccination (even for teens 12 yrs – 15 yrs old) and the availability of DIY Covid-19 test kits in retail pharmacies as of 16 June 2021. So what are these Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits, how do we use them and can our kids do the test?
Where can I buy the DIY Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits?
- The Abbott PanBio COVID-19 Antigen Self-test
- QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test
- SD Biosensor SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self-Test Nasal
- SD Biosensor Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Home Test
These are the four Covid-19 ART self-test kits that are now available at Unity, Watsons and Guardian outlets which have in-store pharmacies. You do not need a doctor’s prescription, but you will have to consult a pharmacist before purchasing them.
How much do the DIY Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits cost?
Covid-19 ART self-test kits are priced from $10 to $13. Purchases are currently limited to 10 kits per person.
When should I use the DIY Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits?
If you suspect that you have been exposed to Covid-19 or have just been in a crowded area, you can choose to take the Covid-19 self-test kit. If you have any acute respiratory infection symptoms or other Covid-19 symptoms, you should go to the doctor immediately.
How do I use the Covid-19 ART self-test kits?
We’re advised to strictly follow the instructions given in each Covid-19 self-test kit in order to get the most accurate results. While these kits have only an 80% accuracy rate (just because you test negative doesn’t mean you don’t have Covid-19) the tests can be just as sensitive as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test when done properly. PCR tests are currently the most accurate tests for detecting Covid-19.
If you do test positive, however, the Ministry of Health has advised that you should immediately head to a Swab and Send Home Public Health Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) to confirm whether you’ve been infected by taking a PCR test. Search for a SASH PHPC near you here.
How far up the nose does the Covid-19 ART self-test kit go?
Can the Covid-19 ART self-test kits be used on children?
It is our understanding that the Covid-19 ART self-test kits are safe for children from 2 years old onwards. If your kids are aged 2 to 14 years old, you’re advised to help them conduct the Covid-19 ART self-test. Teens above 14 years old can conduct the test under close adult supervision, according to Roche.