Do not collect secretions; Saline Gargle only

Nagpur-based National Institute of Environmental Engineering (NEERI) under the Council of Scientific Research (CSIR) with ‘Saline Gargle RT-PCR’ to expedite covid testing. A collection tube filled with saline solution is used for this purpose.

This saline solution is then gargled (shaken out of the throat) and collected in the same tube. The tube is then taken to the lab and stored at room temperature in a special solution prepared by NEERI. The test is performed by heating the solution.

NEERI Senior Scientist Dr. Krishna Khairenar said. Patients can collect samples directly without difficulty. The test results will be known in three hours. He said this was a very suitable way to check rural and tribal areas as well. Krishna said.


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