Rapid self-testing kit One of the critical points in fighting a pandemic is timely diagnosis. A self-testing kit is a quick, reliable, and accurate way of knowing whether you are COVID-19 positive. A rapid self-test is effortlessly taken in the comfort of your home or anywhere with an easy to use less invasive nasal swab that generates results in 15 minutes. One of the best ways forward to combat the virus and its variants and prevent further damage is to do everything we can to slow down the progression of this infection. Scientists have predicted that the disease is likely to take on an endemic state in the future with sporadic flare-ups. However, it is still in the pandemic phase, making testing, vaccination, and social distancing our top priority. How will the vaccine help in fighting the virus? The central role of the vaccine is to teach your body's immune system to quickly and safely recognise the virus and block it before it causes any disease. There are now several vaccines available in India and globally for the COVID-19 virus since the mass vaccination drive that started as early as January 2021. Despite having high efficacy, COVID-19 vaccines are not 100% effective, just like any other vaccine. However, if you are offered the chance to get vaccinated, the benefits and pros of getting vaccinated outweigh the chances of it not being 100% effective: Your body develops an immune response against the SARS-Cov-2 virus and helps you fight the virus in cases of exposure. Developed immunity reduces the risk of acquiring the illness and its complications. Now that you’re fully vaccinated, what’s next? Should we continue taking precautions now that we are vaccinated? Short answer: yes, we must. Data from various countries highlights that breakthrough infections are expected. The vaccination can mitigate the severity of illness/symptoms and hospitalizations, it does not eliminate the risk of infection. It is, also, essential to note that immunity gradually increases after the first fourteen days of the doses; and if the vaccine is divided into two doses, it is crucial to finish both doses. As vaccinations become widespread, in addition to social distancing and masking, testing becomes an essential tool in COVID-19 response that may enable us to return to everyday life. There is a constant change in vaccination rates, infection rates, and level of public health awareness, but what's consistent is the need to quickly find out if you are COVID-19 positive or not. More so, because schools and offices are reopening, and new variants are spreading as people interact more. Testing will always be the first line of defense against this virus. The more you test, the more efficiently you will be able to deal with the virus in time. Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is for awareness and education. Please consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before self-testing and diagnosing. Follow advisory guidance from local authorities on COVID-19. Self-test kit for screening purposes only. Results should not be considered final. All symptomatic individuals who test negative by RAT should immediately get tested by RTPCR and follow the ICMR/MoH&FW home isolation protocol while awaiting the RT PCR test result. Also, follow advisory/guidance from local authorities on appropriate Covid-19 behavior.