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 Should people arbitrarily buy a quick test and do it at home?

Should people arbitrarily buy a quick test and do it at home?

On the afternoon of July 16, 2021, during a press conference to provide information on the COVID-19 epidemic, Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam advised people not to arbitrarily buy antibody test kits. SARS-COV-2 rapid test, also known as rapid test of self-testing.

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According to Mr. Nguyen Hoai Nam, quick test is an item of medical equipment and supplies, so it needs to be recognized by the Ministry of Health. If the rapid test kits offered for sale by websites are not on the list of the Ministry of Health, of course they are not legal.

Currently, the city has trained to perform rapid COVID-19 test for export processing zones - industrial parks, hi-tech parks and enterprises in the area, but there are no instructions for people to do it themselves. Sampling process as well as rapid test implementation techniques including nasopharyngeal sampling, reading 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.


In the face of the complicated situation of the COVID-19 epidemic, many people are worried and it is not advisable to buy quick test kits for self-implementation. According to experts, many types of rapid tests on the market have a sensitivity of only about 25%. Because there is no high accuracy, when we test negative results, we lose our vigilance, go to many places, contact many people, while the results may be positive, which is extremely dangerous and dangerous. spread and spread the disease to the community.

Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has deployed SASR-COV-2 test by RT-PCR technique and rapid test, so when there is a need, people can go to medical facilities to receive services. COVID-19 screening test. The price for these two methods is 238,000 VND/quick test sample and 734,000 VND/sample for RT-PCR test.