【Rapid Tests For Students】Testing Tips For Parents

【Rapid Tests for Students】Testing Tips for Parents

Upon the resumption of face-to-face classes, all students, teachers and staff are required by the Government to conduct rapid antigen tests (RAT) every morning before entering schools. As an easy guide for parents and caretakers, this article lists out several testing tips when performing a RAT on your child and other questions that might be raised by your child.

How are viruses transmitted?

Infectious diseases are usually transmitted through the following pathways:

飛沫傳播

Droplet transmission

接觸傳播

Contact transmission

Therefore, it is crucial for both adults and children to always follow appropriate hygiene practices, including wearing mask, washing hands, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, followed by throwing used tissues in the trash and washing hands. Having a balanced diet, keeping a regular routine and getting adequate sleep are also important to strengthen your immune system.

What are the symptoms of infection?

Some of the common symptoms are as follows:

Mild SymptomsSevere Symptoms
Fever, cough, sore throat, headache, fatiguePersistent fever (>38.5°C) or hypothermia (≤35°C), convulsions, shortness of breath, loss of mobility or inability to stay awake

Why are RATs necessary before going to school?

You can know your infection status through performing RATs, appropriate medical treatments and isolation arrangement can be provided in time if your results are positive, so that the risk of transmission to other students, teachers and staff can be diminished.

What should caretakers know prior to performing RATs on children?

預留充足時間為子女進行採樣

Reserve enough time for testing

以公仔或親身為子女示範/講解採樣過程

Personally demonstrate the test or with toys

觀看電視或使用玩具分散注意力

Use TV/toys as distraction

接觸傳播

Consider a small reward or appreciation afterwards

  • Ensure that the swab is not touched by your childin order not to affect the test result
  • Remember to be gentle and patient, gently hold and tilt your child’s head back, slowly insert the swab. Stop swabbing if you feel resistance to avoid the risk of bleeding
  • If necessary, allow your child to sit on the caretaker’s laps, and then gently hold your child to adjust his/her position for another caretaker to perform the RAT

How to use RAT?

把頭向後傾,沿左右鼻孔內壁(約一吋深)每邊打5個大圈

Tilt the head back, rub the swab against the wall of each nostril for 5 times in a large circular path

把採樣棒浸在測試溶液中來回轉動20次

Stir the swab into the buffer solution and twist back and forth 20 times

擠出3滴溶液到測試棒的橢圓形開口裏

Drip 3 drops of solution into the oval opening of the test device

置於室溫20分鐘後(25分鐘內)查看檢測結果

Leave for 20 minutes (less than 25 mins) at room temperature and read the results

FAQS on performing RATs on children

Learn more about the complete steps of using RAT and watch the instruction video

What should I do if I am tested positive?

According to the latest guidelines from the Education Bureau, students must not go to school if their RAT results are positive. They should inform their schools immediately and stay at home, and report to the Department of Health within 24 hours through the online declaration system.

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