Here’s how to make an auto-antigen swab that you can make at home

Here’s how to make an auto-antigen swab that you can make at home

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In November 2022, Omicron’s COVID-19 cases began to increase again in many areas, especially Jakarta. Fortunately, we can now make self-antigen swabs at home following the recommended method.

Although it has been 2 years since the first announcement of COVID-19, we must still be careful and protect ourselves from the spread of the virus.

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In addition to wearing masks regularly, we must continue to make tampons if we have symptoms or have contact with those who are positive.

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What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

Before knowing how to make an independent antigen swab, you need to know some of the latest symptoms of Covid-19. The thing is that the symptoms of the new variant of COVID, namely Omicron XBB, are often ignored because they look like an ordinary disease.

So here are some of the latest Covid symptoms you need to know about.

  • Cold or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • The body gets tired easily even if it has had enough rest or sleep
  • Fever or chills
  • Body pains
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • The nose does not smell

If you have these symptoms or have been in contact with a positive person, wait 3-5 days after exposure. See, 3 days is the incubation time of the virus in the body.

So, how do you make an auto-antigen swab?

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If you feel the above symptoms, you have to further confirm by doing a tampon. Now, you can do an Antigen Swab independently with a tool purchased at a health store or pharmacy.

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Here are some steps to make an antigen independent swab that you can do.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before performing the auto-antigen swab procedure.
  2. Then, remove the tampon stickreactive tube, and cartridge.
  3. Open the tampon pack stick.
  4. Enter the tampons stick in the nostril until it reaches the nasopharynx (the top of the throat that is behind the nose) and twist stick for 5 times so that the mucus sample can be collected.
  5. Enter the tampons stick into the reagent tube and dip it up and down for at least 15 seconds.
  6. After that, take the tampon stick from the test tube.
  7. Close the reagent tube tightly and gently touch the side of the tube so that the solution can be mixed completely.
  8. If so, pour a few drops of liquid from the reagent tube into the tube cartridge and wait 15 minutes.
  9. If the result is positive, then there will be two marking lines in the letters C and T. However, if there are only lines in the letter C, the result is negative. Meanwhile, if the line is only in the letter T, the result is invalid or you need to do another test with a new tool.
  10. After the auto-antigen swab procedure is complete, you can immediately throw the tool in the trash and wash your hands thoroughly.

It is the self-antigen swab method that you can apply at home. If the result is negative, but you have symptoms, you still have to self-quarantine or isoman at home to make sure you don’t spread the virus.

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Regardless of the results, keep in mind that if the independent sampling is not carried out by medical personnel or experts, the swab results are at risk of being wrong.

If you do not collect the nasopharyngeal sample correctly, the results that should be positive can become negative and vice versa. In addition to this, you also have to be careful to take the sample because of its position that is close to the nerve of the neck.

So what if the results are positive?

If the results are positive, you should check immediately in the nearest health laboratory to make a PCR swab. Not without reason, the PCR swab remains the best procedure to know the results of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

In addition to this, you can also get additional vitamins and medicines if you do a swab at the hospital and the results are positive. See, the Indonesian Ministry of Health provided consulting services online and free medicine for those of you who are positive for Covid-19.

You can visit the official website of the Indonesian Ministry of Health here https://isoman.kemkes.go.id/

Make sure you take medicine and vitamins, sun in the morning, eat healthy foods, and avoid negative thinking so you can recover quickly.

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So, here are some things you need to know about the symptoms of the latest variant of Covid-19 and how to make an independent antigen swab at home.

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