All Taiwanese citizens can use rapid antigen testing instead of PCR tests to confirm COVID-19 illnesses starting Thursday (May 26).

According to Chen Shih-chung, chief of the Central Epidemic Command Center, the public would be able to use a quick antigen test instead of a PCR test starting Thursday (CECC). Philip Lo, deputy head of CECC’s medical response section, said public and medical institutions can speed up COVID detection.

Lo re-emphasized the steps for reporting a positive rapid antigen test kit result. Lo said test results can be checked via EUCARE and NHI applications or by visiting a testing centre, clinic, or hospital.

To promote a flawless diagnosis, telemedicine patients must photograph their test cassette and National Health Insurance card. On a note included with the test cassette, the test-taker should write their name and the date.

If a person chooses a hospital test, they must bring the cassette in a Ziploc or plastic bag. They must wear masks and can’t take public transportation. People can drive, ride bikes, stroll, or rely on family and friends.

Lo told patients to respect hospital rules when they arrived. As soon as they arrive at the hospital, patients should tell staff about their rapid antigen test results.

Positive rapid test results should stay hydrated and avoid dining out, non-medical activities, and food courts, says Lo.

If the doctor verifies the positive test result during the consultation and the patient and doctor agree on the diagnosis, the person will be reported to the CECC as a validated COVID case. If the doctor and patient disagree about the fast test results, a second test or PCR can be sought.

After a COVID diagnosis, oral antiviral medications may be prescribed. Doctors only prescribe drugs to the elderly and those with substantial risk factors.

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