With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases lately, it pays to be more sure.
Those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 can collect self-assessment kits from 100 vending machines at 56 locations in Singapore starting Saturday (September 18).
According to the Health Ministry, these rapid antigen test (ART) kits will be available for collection 24 hours a day from machines located in various developments, including Choa Chu Kang, Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Pasir Ris.
Is that how it works
As of September 18, 2021, if you receive an SMS with a Health Risk Warning (HRW) or Health Risk Alert (HRA), all you have to do is follow the instructions given by the Ministry. of Health on the testing regimen.
There are slight differences between an HRW and an HRA, so you should pay close attention to the type of SMS you receive.
A health risk warning is issued to those who have been around a Covid-19 case for an extended period or identify themselves as a close contact of a case, according to data from SafeEntry.
A health risk alert is also sent to individuals whose SafeEntry records from the past 14 days overlap with those of a Covid-19 case. This group of people is considered to have a lower risk of infection compared to those with a health risk warning.
Steps for HRW
The collection process is simple and efficient. All you need to do is scan your NRIC or FIN to collect a package containing three ART self-test kits from the vending machines and use them for self-testing to meet the HRW requirement.
Those who receive SMS notification from HRW must obtain an entry polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at a Swab and Send Home clinic or private physician, and self-isolate until they receive a negative result from their first blood test. PCR.
They will also be asked to perform self-administered ART tests on the third, fifth, and seventh day from the day of the last exposure to the Covid-19 case with which they were in close contact.
They should also do another CRP test on or after the eighth day at a SASH clinic or private doctor, the Health Ministry said.
“If all of these are met, your HRW period will end on the 10th day of exposure. All the costs of the swabs will be borne by the Government, ”said the Ministry of Health.
Steps for HRA
If you receive an SMS notification from the HRA, you must take a self-administered ART test on the first, third, and fifth days from the day of the last exposure. You should also monitor your health until the 10th day of exposure.
“We urge all HRA members to exercise social responsibility and limit their interactions with other people during this period,” emphasized the Ministry of Health.
ART’s self-assessment kits have already been distributed to residential homes since August 28.
“I encourage everyone to do self-tests … I think using them will be a new habit in this new Covid-19 normal,” Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said today in a virtual interview.
ART tests are not as accurate as PCR tests, but they can help detect cases quickly and prevent transmission of the virus, he added.
With boxes of COVID-19 on the rise, these vending machines that dispense these ART self-test kits are certainly helpful. You can find the complete list of collection points and the steps required to obtain the test kits. here.
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