German supermarkets sell Covid-19 home tests

As of today, the German retail chains “Aldi Nord” and “Aldi Süd” have also started antigen tests for corona viruses.

Customers are only allowed to buy one package to avoid an accumulation and so that as many people as possible have access to tests, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

At the end of February, the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices issued special permits for the self-test for coronavirus for the first time. All three products are sampled by wiping the front of the nose. In the United States, such a test was approved for use in December.

The package contains five nasal swab tests at a price of around 25 euros per package. From Monday it will be sold in drug stores and other supermarkets, including DM.

It is a rapid antigen test that detects coronavirus protein, as opposed to PCR tests that look for the genetic material of the virus. Rapid tests in Germany and some other countries have been available in pharmacies for some time, but only with a doctor’s prescription and at an additional cost. Shops across Germany as well as Lidl and the supermarkets Rewe and Edeka have announced that they will be offering the Covid-19 test kits.

Rapid tests do not require additional laboratory equipment. They are similar to pregnancy tests. After 15 to 20 minutes, test strips will show whether the patient is positive or negative for coronavirus.

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