If you are a regular Cilisos reader, you may have seen one of our previous articles where we tested rapid self-test (RTK) kits.
Now we’re back with more!
After somehow avoiding the Cocojumbo for two years, four of our writers were infected in the space of two months this year. But in addition to testing positive, we’re also positive optimists, so we decided this was an opportunity to tap into the unenviable market of in-house c-positive experiential articles, where (this time) we’re trying to find out:
- How many days until you test negative with an RTK
- Is the MySejahtera return to blue exact low risk status?
As a necessary disclaimer, keep in mind that not all variants are the same. Right now the dominant variant is Omnomnomicron, so by the time the new Omidelta XE-13 Pro Max 5G variant is released, your experience might be different. Likewise, the worker buddies of the Ministry of Health are continually update SOPs based on WHO guidance, so what’s true now might not apply as you read this.
That said, let’s get to the results.
It took us 9 days to get a confirmed negative result with the PCR test
With the exception of the first day when we performed a nasal swab RTK test, we opted for the Alltest antigen RTK saliva test for the remaining nine days
because it’s the cheapest we could find so we can have a controlled variable.
You can take a look at the collage we made below for the results, where they were all taken after about 15 minutes of waiting.
If you don’t see the image, the results are:
- Day 1 to 4: Positive
- Day 5: Negative (nani ???)
- Day 6 to 8: Positive (with lighter T line)
- Day 9 and 10: Negative
As you can see, it took nine days to get a negative result, which was reconfirmed on the tenth day. From day 6 to day 8, the The T line also started to become less clearwhich could be a sign that his system’s viral load was dropping.
You may also notice that on the fifth day the writer tested negative but tested positive again the next day. We don’t know why this happened – but in general RTK tests aren’t as sensitive as a PCR test which we explained in more detail before, so a likely explanation is that there wasn’t any just not enough detectable viral load in the writer’s pui pui that day.
Interestingly, while researching this article, we also found that after a while, you may no longer be contagious even if you test positive. This period is roughly similar to the quarantine time required for positive cases, but we’ll explain why later in this article.
But first, let’s take a look at the keeper of it all – Mysejahtera.
Our MySejahtera status changed to low risk on the tenth day
For reference, this writer was confirmed positive on February 28 and his status changed back to blue on March 9, which was before the new SOPs came into effect. Following the previous SOPs, it was necessary 10 days to achieve this low risk blue color status again in his MySejahtera app.
In case you don’t know, you MUST declare yourself if you have tested positive. Failure to do so is a crimebut more important, so that you can get appropriate care if your condition worsens. If you are a pemakan gaji like us, this quarantine order also works as a MC so you can get time off from work.
Reporting is quite simple – just go to the self-report section of your MySejahtera app and include a photo of your positive RTK result. After that, the app will update your status to red and assign you the category according to your condition.
While you are quarantining at home, you will also be required to complete a daily self-assessment, basically update if your condition improves or worsens. You may also need to include specific numbers like oxygen level and temperature, but if you don’t have the right equipment, like an oximeter or thermometer, you can simply put NA on the form.
If you’re the type to forget things easily, the MySejahtera system will also be like a surly parent from the early 2000s and send you an SMS if you forget to fill it in.
Then the tenth day* when the writer has a second confirmed negative result, their MySejahtera status is low risk again.
At first we thought it was a canggih MySejahtera algorithm that deduces that our writer is improving because he pembaris and isi the faultless self-report. Turns out it was just the SOP at the time he was infected, so TL;DR: It’s automatic.
*This SOP for home quarantine has since been updated effective May 1, 2022:
- Fully vaccinated: 7 days
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated: 10 days
So if you have to quarantine yourself at home, it will only take 7 days for your MySejahtera to turn blue again. Additionally, Daddy KJ also announced that positive cases can be released from isolation after 4 days if the supervised RTK test comes back negative.
But now here is the problem… if we test ngam-ngam negative on the 10th day, would the new SOPs mean that many people would still likely be HIV positive when they come out of quarantine?
You are probably no longer contagious at the end of quarantine
If you check the latest guidelines from the Ministry of Health, you will see that after 7 days, you can be released without even having to take a test. This may seem surprising, especially since some of us wait until we have a negative test 2 days in a row to “confirm” that we are cured.
This change is due to the fact that after approximately 7 days – which is also the current quarantine period at the time of publication – you probably won’t be able to spread the virus anymore. To quote DG Noor Hisham himself on the updated SOP:
“However, the virus is no longer able to reproduce and the individual is unlikely to be able to spread the infection.” – DG Noor Hisham media statement as quoted by FMT
So TL; DR: MySejahtera’s risk assessment is actually quite accurate based on the latest scientific evidence. You could still test positive after you recover, but you will no longer be contagious.
You can still test positive using sensitive tests such as PCR, where some people have tested positive for up to 83 days after recovery. But the good news is that the tests only detect dead particles of the virus, and there is no evidence that you can transmit the virus after recovering.
However, there is probably still a certain level of caution to consider if you are around high-risk groups such as the elderly; and you may want to wait the full 7 day period even if you test negative after 4 days. As new variants emerge and our Department of Health SOPs change, it is best that you keep up to date with current SOPs which, in fact, changed once while the author was positive AND again while writing this article.
Stay negative guys!