ICMR Approves the New Saline Gargle RT-PCR Testing Method, Gives Results in Three Hours

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India has approved a new method for COVID-19 testing. The new saline gargle RT-PCR test promises cheap and simpler testing. Currently, there are two prominent testing methods in India. Firstly, the RT-PCR test. And secondly, the Rapid Antigen test. However, a few days back self-testing was also introduced in India. CoviSelf, a self-testing kit for COVID-19 was announced.

The New Saline Gargle RT-PCR Testing Method 

ICMR has approved the saline gargle RT-PCR test. It is authentic, cheap, and simple. Moreover, it promises to give results just in 3 hours. The scientist at Nagpur-based Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) has come up with a new testing method. They have achieved this milestone under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Both these institutions were working on developing a non-invasive RT-PCR method. ICMR has given a green signal to this new testing method. Hopefully, it will get implemented soon. Neeri will send out its teams to train laboratories across the country in the new method.

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ICMR Approves the New Saline Gargle RT-PCR Testing Method, Gives Results in Three Hours
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What is the Testing Process?

It is a very simple and quick process. The saline gargle RT-PCR test process is hassle-free. Moreover, it gives authentic results.

  1. The patient has to gargle with a saline solution.
  2. Then, he/she has to spit the solution in a sample collection tube.
  3. This sample is now taken to a laboratory where it is kept at room temperature. It is kept in a special buffer solution. Neeri has prepared the buffer solution as well.
  4. An RNA template is produced when this solution is heated.
  5. This solution is then processed for RT-PCR.

The Method is Simple, Cheap, and Accurate

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Neeri scientists at Neeri have called the method extremely cheap. It saves the otherwise costly infrastructure required for RNA extraction. This method allows self-sampling. Henceforth, people can also test themselves. It requires no crowding or queueing at the testing centers. The saline gargle RT-PCR test saves a lot of time and effort. Besides that, it also reduces waste accumulation.

ICMR Approves the New Saline Gargle RT-PCR Testing Method, Gives Results in Three Hours
Source: Republic World

The nose and throat swab collection methods are time-consuming. Since it is an invasive technique, some patients find it uncomfortable. On the other hand, this new method is non-invasive. Therefore, patients won’t find it uncomfortable. Sampling is done instantly. The results are given in three hours. Henceforth, it is environment-friendly as waste generation is minimized. The saline gargle RT-PCR test is best for rural areas.

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