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Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT)

  • What is a Rapid Antigen Test?
    A Rapid Antigen Test is a quick and effective way to screen large groups of high-risk individuals for COVID-19.
  • Why use a Rapid Antigen Test?
    Rapid antigen tests can detect COVID-19 very early in the infection, sometimes before symptoms appear. They are most effective in the first five days of illness. As they provide results quickly (in 15 minutes), RAT tests can help reduce the spread of the virus. RAT use for screening of workers is an effective tool when there is COVID-19 in the community, as there is a chance of detecting individuals who have the virus but are asymptomatic. This prevents widespread workplace exposure and allows your business to continue operating.
  • Who can carry out the Rapid Antigen Tests?
    Business owners, corporate entities, industry groups and other organisations can purchase the tests for their workplace, but the tests have to be carried out under supervision from health practitioners. Staff who are trained in the correct use of the tests and interpretation of test results can also carry out the tests. At Suretest, we have health practitioners who can help guide your business through rapid antigen testing protocols via video call. ​
  • Who can purchase the Rapid Antigen Tests?
    The test may only be administered to staff or students of a business, organisation or institution, or a person who is a patient of the registered medical practitioner who is either administering or supervising the test procedure.
  • What happens if a staff member tests positive?
    Any individual who tests positive must be referred immediately for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm their infection. Please note that negative test results do not exclude infection with COVID-19, so face masks, social distancing and good hygiene practice must be maintained at all times.
  • What are the storage requirements for the Rapid Antigen Tests?
    Store the rapid antigen test kits at temperature 2°C to 30°C. Avoid direct sunlight. The kit components are stable until the expiration date printed on the outer box. Do not freeze. The kits have a shelf life of 18 months.
  • Are the Rapid Antigen Tests approved for use in Australia?
    Yes, the Wantai Rapid Antigen Tests are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods 345191.
  • What is included in a box of the Rapid Antigen Tests?
    One box includes 50 tests. Components per box include: - Test cassette x50 - Extraction vial x50 - Swab extraction buffer 5x6mL - VTM extraction buffer 1x6mL - Disposable sterile swab x50
  • Precautions and safety
    The rapid test kit is only used for vitro testing, and the operation should be carried out in strict accordance with the instructions. Make sure that the test is not expired (EXP Date indicated on the kit box). The test cassette cannot be reused. During the testing, the test cassette should be laid flat on the table, so as to not cause the lateral flow speed of specimen to be faster or slower and affect the test result. Further information can be found on the "instructions for use" pamphlet included in the kit box. Training and supervision can also be provided by our medical team via video call.
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