Greeks can now get free weekly COVID-19 test

COVID-19 rapid test Greeks

The government decided to provide a free antigen test (rapid COVID-19 test), or self test, to all Greeks.

This is a new type of test which every Greek will be able to get from their local pharmacies without a prescription and perform themselves from home.

Deputy Prime Minister Akis Skertsos said during yesterday's briefing that the government is launching mass tests with the aim of controlling the spread of COVID-19 and facilitating the opening of retail.

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Akis Skertsos.

Rapid self-examination tests are widely available in the US, and have recently begun to be used in Germany, Austria and the UK.

From the end of March, Greeks will be to acquire the tests from pharmacies.

According to instructions from the German Robert Koch Institute, the strips in the self test box contain antigen antibodies that activate a specific enzyme.

If the COVID-19 test is positive, then it will produce a visible pigment.

The diagnostic accuracy of the test is 71%.

The tests were performed on 60 citizens who were diagnosed positive for COVID-19 by PCR (molecular) tests.

A French company that intends to launch such a rapid self-test in the country, states that in order for the test to take place, a cotton swab up to 3 to 4 cm must be inserted into the nasal cavity and rotated five times before removing it.

The sample is then mixed with the liquid supplied in the kit, which then produces the result.

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