In a few days, a large-scale self-testing project will start, which, according to the estimates of the Greek authorities and the Commission of Epidemiologists, will significantly improve the detection of coronavirus cases and will gradually lift quarantine measures.
According to the government’s plan, the self test program will start on April 5. During its validity, each citizen will have the right to free up to 4 express tests per month, once a week.
Recall that the bill on measures to combat the pandemic presented yesterday stipulates that a diagnostic test will be mandatory for certain groups.
How self test is done
Mr Kostas Mariakis, an importer of medical equipment, spoke in detail on the ERT channel about the self-test process. As he explained, the process is quite simple and the following steps need to be followed:
Disinfect your hands and lower the mask. Insert a Q-tip into your nose about 4-5 cm. Rotate 5-6 times and repeat the same for the other nostril. Open the bottle with the liquid contained in the self test package and dip a cotton swab into it. Hold the sample in it for about 15 seconds, “stirring”. Then, holding a cotton swab in the middle, remove it from the bottle. Then we throw it into a special bag (not into the trash bin!). Let’s open the next one-time package, where the self test itself is located (on which the result will be visible). From a bottle of liquid, apply 4 drops to the first hole of the self test. We throw the used materials into a special bag.
Watch the video.
How to “read” the self-test result
According to Mr. Mariakis, the self-test result appears after about 15 minutes. “If there is one line, then the result is negative. If two are positive. In case of a positive result, the citizen will need to additionally do a coronavirus test in a medical institution in order to confirm or deny the results of self-testing, ”the specialist noted.