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‘People should not buy a quick test kit at home’

Leaders of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health advise people not to buy nCoV rapid test kits for self-testing, the results may be inaccurate.

Press conference on the afternoon of July 16, Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam said that the nCoV rapid antigen test kit belongs to medical equipment and supplies, which should be recognized by the Ministry of Health.

“Quick test kits for sale online, if their names are not on the list announced by the Ministry of Health, are of course illegal, low sensitivity, inaccurate results leading to the risk of community infection,” he said. Nam said.

According to Mr. Nam, Ho Chi Minh City has trained to use Covid-19 rapid test in export processing zones, industrial parks, high-tech parks and businesses in the area, but There are no instructions for people to do it themselves. The process of taking a sample of fluid in the oropharynx, reading the test results quickly is not too difficult, but each rapid test has different predictive value, sensitivity, and specificity. The types of rapid tests used by the city’s medical facilities are appraised by the Ministry of Health.

Expert reviews, variety Quick test is selling in low sensitivity market. Due to the lack of high accuracy, when testing negative results, people lose their vigilance, go to many places, and come into contact with many people. “While in fact that result may be positive, the risk of spreading and spreading the disease to the community,” Mr. Nam analyzed.

The city deploys nCoV testing by RT-PCR (confirmation value) and rapid test (screening value) at many medical facilities, people can test the service when you need. Service prices at public facilities are about more than 230,000 VND for a rapid test sample and 734,000 VND for an RT-PCR test sample, according to the price bracket set by the Ministry of Health.

According to the HCM City Center for Disease Control, in recent days, the city has been tracing F0 cases in the community with a focused and focused testing campaign. The number of F0 cases is expected to increase rapidly, but will gradually decrease after the city implements continuous testing.

The number of infections in Ho Chi Minh City from April 27 to the morning of July 17, announced by the Ministry of Health, reached 25,682.

Rapid antigen testing in the community. Image: Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control.

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Le Phuong