Indian COVID-19 Testing Kit Gets Approval

India will now be using indigenous COVID-19 detection testing kit after Mylab, a Pune-based molecular diagnostics company, developed a testing kit for Coronavirus and got approval from the India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).
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Crux of the Matter

Mylab Molecular Diagnostic Company developed a testing kit for Coronavirus in only 6 weeks. ‘Mylab PathoDetect Covid-19 Qualitative PCR kit’ will be a great help in India’s fight against coronavirus as it will reduce the screening and confirmation time for coronavirus symptoms from 6 hours to 2.5 hours.

Further, the Co-founder Mr. Shrikant Parole is quite confident to sell the test kit at one-fourth of the current COVID-19 testing price i.e. Rs. 4,500 per sample. According to the company, one test kit can be used to test around 100 people. If an average lab is equipped with automated PCR then 1000 tests could be completed in 1 day. The company will start producing 1 lakh kits per week, but if needed it will increase the production. Till now India was importing testing kits produced from Germany.

However, after Mylab gets confirmation from CDSCO, it will change the course of Indian’s fight against Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Test
Coronavirus is tested by a swab test in which a cotton ball passed through your throat or nose is taken to determine whether you have Coronavirus. Other tests like nasal aspirate, tracheal aspirate, sputum test, and blood test are also carried out.

Curiopedia

Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Infections – In the diagnostic laboratory, virus infections can be confirmed by a multitude of methods. Diagnostic virology has changed rapidly due to the advent of molecular techniques and increased clinical sensitivity of serological assays. A wide variety of samples can be used for virological testing. The type of sample sent to the laboratory often depends on the type of viral infection being diagnosed and the test required. Proper sampling technique is essential to avoid potential pre-analytical errors. Viruses are often isolated from the initial patient sample. This allows the virus sample to be grown into larger quantities and allows a larger number of tests to be run on them. This is particularly important for samples that contain new or rare viruses for which diagnostic tests are not yet developed. Molecular techniques are the most specific and sensitive diagnostic tests. They are capable of detecting either the whole viral genome or parts of the viral genome. In the past nucleic acid tests have mainly been used as a secondary test to confirm positive serological results. However, as they become cheaper and more automated, they are increasingly becoming the primary tool for diagnostics. More Info

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