ICMR Advises Rapid Testing In All Flu Like Illnesses At Covi
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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its latest move has issued advisory to start rapid antibody-based blood tests for COVID-19 be in all areas reporting clusters of covid-19 cases.

The strategy of ICMR for areas reporting clusters (containment zone) and in large migration gatherings/evacuees centers is hereunder--

1. Cases of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) to be monitored in health facilities. Any surge in cases to be monitored and brought to the notice of Surveillance Officer/CMO for additional investigation.

2. As a matter of abundant precautions, all symptomatic ILI persons should be advised home quarantine for 14 days.

3. At the facility level, symptomatic ILI individuals to be tested using rapid antibody tests.

A) Antibody test negative:
If warranted, confirm by real-time RT-PCR using throat/nasal swab.
· RT-PCR negative: Likely non-COVID-19 ILI
· RT-PCR positive: Confirmed COVID-19 Case and
action as per protocol to be initiated for isolation,
treatment and contact tracing.
If real-time RT-PCR not done, home quarantine and repeat antibody testing after 10 days of the last rapid antibody test.
·Antibody test negative: Likely non-COVID-19 ILI.
· Antibody test positive: there is a possibility of recent infection, quarantine for another 10 days.

B) Antibody test positive: After clinical assessment, treatment in hospital or isolation as per protocol. Action as per protocol to be initiated for contact tracing.

4. If symptoms worsen, refer to designated COVID-19 hospitals. When home quarantine is not feasible, consider facility-based quarantine.

Also read: ICMR advises rapid antibody test for COVID-19 in hotspot areas ( https://www.plexusmd.com/md/post?pfpid=53464)

Note: The official Advisory is attached as pdf.

Source: MOHFW
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Dr. S●●●●h C●●●●●●●i Family Medicine
Will help to detect more cases.
Apr 5, 2020Like
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Dr. s●●●●●i S●●●●●●●●●●●●m General Medicine
No, it will actually help the labs in monitory basis. If these tests are to be done by the government alone, then the move is laudable!!
Apr 5, 2020Like