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Saline Gargle RT-PCR Method: ICMR approves do-it-yourself COVID-19 test - everything you need to know

To get tested for the novel coronavirus infection, a person needs to gargle the solution and rinse it inside the tube.

May 29, 2021 / 02:20 PM IST
The method is non-invasive and so simple that a patient can collect the sample himself, said Krishna Khairnar, senior scientist, Environmental Virology Cell at NEERI. (Image: Screenshot/@COVIDNewsByMIB)

The method is non-invasive and so simple that a patient can collect the sample himself, said Krishna Khairnar, senior scientist, Environmental Virology Cell at NEERI. (Image: Screenshot/@COVIDNewsByMIB)

The scientists of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) have developed a do-it-yourself 'Saline Gargle RT-PCR Method' for testing COVID-19 samples. The instant, comfortable and patient-friendly testing method will generate the results within three hours.

The simple and fast method of swab collection and processing for the RT-PCR coronavirus test has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The existing swab collection method requires time and since it is an invasive technique, it is a bit uncomfortable for patients, said Krishna Khairnar, senior scientist, Environmental Virology Cell at NEERI. The Nagpur-based NEERI is a constituent laboratory of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

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