ICMR Covid Guidelines: A fresh set of guidelines on testing samples for the coronavirus disease was issued by the ICMR on Monday. The top government body said at-risk category of coronavirus will be patients above 60 years of age and individuals with co-morbidities like diabetes, obesity, chronic lung disease, hypertension, or kidney disease and malignancy.
The ICMR Advisory on Purposive Testing Strategy for Covid-19 said tests may be undertaken as per the discretion of the treating doctor by following certain considerations.
Asymptomatic patients undergoing surgical or non-surgical invasive procedures, including pregnant women in/near labour who are hospitalised for delivery should not be tested unless any symptoms surface.
ICMR said, including surgeries, there should not be a delay due to a lack of testing. The patients should not be referred to other facilities for lack of testing facilities.
The advisory also added that individuals undertaking inter-state domestic travels also do not need to get tested.
Testing can be undertaken either through RT-PCR, TrueNat, CBNAAT, CRISPR, RT-LAMP, Rapid Molecular Testing Systems or through Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
A positive point-of-care test (home or self-test/RAT) and the molecular test are to be considered confirmatory, without any repeat testing.
Symptomatic individuals, testing negative on home/self-test or RAT should undertake RT-PCR test, it stated.
In fresh advisory for testing COVID samples, ICMR says contacts of COVID patients do not need testing unless identified as high risk based on age or comorbidities pic.twitter.com/iv3TmH0yHs— ANI (@ANI) January 10, 2022