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WHO Publishes Covid-19 Self-Test Guide

March 10, 2022

On March 9, 2022, WHO published its own COVID-19 Test Guide. This guidance is motivated by the realization that timely and accurate diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 is an essential part of a comprehensive COVID-19 response strategy.

Rapid tests to detect the SARS-CoV-2 antigen can be carried out by individuals where they collect their own specimens, perform a simple rapid test and interpret their test results themselves at a time and place of their choosing, which is called a COVID-19 self-test.

This interim guidance provides a new recommendation that COVID-19 self-testing, using rapid tests to detect the SARS-CoV-2 antigen, should be offered as part of the SARS-CoV-2 testing service. It also includes implementation considerations that can guide decisions about whether, and how, to adopt self-testing in different contexts, including prioritized populations; prevalence of disease in the population; and impact on accessibility of testing, health care services and reporting of results.

Download the complete document at the following link:

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-Ag-RDTs-Self_testing-2022.1

The Peduli Hati Bangsa Foundation is involved in a “Multi-country study of values and preferences on self-testing for COVID-19 using rapid tests to detect SARS-CoV-2 antigen” which can be downloaded from the following link:

https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/352346/WHO-2019-nCoV-Ag-RDTs-Self-testing-Web-annex-C-2022.1-eng.pdf

Source: Use of SARS-CoV-2 antigen-detection rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 self-testing

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