Asymptomatic individuals who test positive for Covid-19 using do-it-yourself antigen rapid tests (ART) are being urged to self-isolate at home for 72 hours.
If they are unwell during the period of self-isolation, they should visit a general practitioner (GP) as soon as possible.
The Republic’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak explained the new self-isolation regime during a virtual media briefing on Sept 17.
“What we want to do through this modified new regime of self-isolation is to give you the empowerment to be able to take charge of your own health… particularly if you are asymptomatic, to allow you continue as much of your activities in the community as safely as possible,” said Associate Professor Mak.
He said it will also help to protect an individual’s household contacts, friends, colleagues and the community from the risk of infection.
Here is what you should do if you test positive using a Covid-19 self-test kit and you are asymptomatic.