CURRENT RECOMMENDED DIAGNOSTIC MODALITY FOR COVID 19 PCR TEST. • SARS-CoV-2 RNA is detected by polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) (25) • Results are generally available within a few hours to 2 days • A single positive test should be confirmed by a second RT-PCR assay targeting a different SARS-CoV-2 gene • If initial testing is negative but the suspicion for COVID-19 remains, the WHO recom mends re-sampling and testing from multiple respiratory tract sites • For safety reasons, specimens from a patient with suspected or documented COVID-19 should not be submitted for viral culture. • Samples should also be tested for other viral/bacterial pathogens. COVID 19- RAPID TESTSCOVID-19 Rapid Test qualitatively detects IgG and IgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human whole blood, serum and plasma samples. This test applies lateral flow immuno-chromatog-raphy and is a tool to assist in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infections. The IgM-IgG combined assay has better utility and sensitivity compared with a single IgM or IgG test. It can be used for the rapid screening of SARS-CoV-2 carriers, symptomatic or asymptomatic, in hospitals, clinics, and test laboratories.

Can private labs do rapid tests without prior permission from GOVT OF INDIA?
Are rapid kits approved by.. FDA WHO GOI....??
Agreed Sir.

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