MIL-OSI Russia: 30 new points of free express testing for COVID-19 earned

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18 October 2021, 12:30

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Photo by V. Novikov. Press Service of the Mayor and the Moscow Government

They opened in 13 centers of public services “My Documents”, in 10 shopping centers and on the territory of seven transport hubs.

In the capital, 30 additional points have opened where you can take a free express test for COVID-19. This was reported by Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development.

“In an environment of increasing incidence, it is very important to identify new cases in time and interrupt the chains of the spread of the virus at the earliest stage. We see interest from residents – more than 20 thousand Muscovites have already passed express tests at the MFC and shopping centers. Such express diagnostics helps people who are worried that they may get sick, or who are generally interested in periodic diagnostics in order to remove doubts about the presence or absence of the disease. Therefore, we are expanding the network of free express testing points for COVID-19, now 50 points will operate throughout the city, ”she said.

On October 18, new points were opened in 13 centers of public services “My Documents”, in 10 shopping centers and on the territory of seven transport interchange hubs (TPU). The points of rapid diagnostics work according to the schedule of institutions, and points on the territories of TPU – daily from 09:00 to 21:00.

“We are using TPU for the first time – these are points with high daily traffic, so it will be convenient for a large number of residents to undergo express diagnostics there. They will be able to take a rapid test, for example, on their way home from work. This is a quick process – no pre-registration is required, the result will need to be waited on the spot for 15 minutes. Let me emphasize that these points are not intended for testing residents who already have symptoms of the disease, we ask them to immediately consult a doctor, ”added Anastasia Rakova.

Anyone can take an express test free of charge. To do this, you only need a passport for an adult or a birth certificate for a child and an OMS policy number (if available). Children can undergo express testing only in the presence of their parents.

If the test shows a positive result, this is not yet confirmation of the disease. Immediately on the spot, without queues and prior appointment, a person will take a smear for a PCR study for additional diagnostics. The result will come within one to two days by SMS, it will also be displayed in the electronic medical record. If it turns out to be positive, the diagnosis will be considered confirmed. Then a doctor from the polyclinic will be sent to the patient’s home, who will prescribe treatment and give the necessary drugs. With a negative result of the PCR test and in the absence of symptoms of the disease, the person is considered healthy.

A rapid test for antigen to coronavirus infection is a quick diagnosis that allows COVID-19 to be detected in a person with a high degree of probability in 15 minutes. The test result shows the acceptability of the disease, the diagnosis must be made by a medical professional after a PCR study. Express testing is carried out using the same technology (taking a swab from the nose) as PCR, but to obtain the result, the biomaterial is immediately placed in a specialized solution and a test system.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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