November 18, 2023

Where to Buy Rapid COVID Test Kit

While at-home rapid covid test kits were hard to find in stores and online at various points during the pandemic, they’re now becoming easier to buy. Whether you’re hosting friends and family or simply want to be sure that you’re safe from the virus, these simple tests can help. This article covers where to buy them, how they work and how to use them correctly.

The most popular Covid 19 test kits currently available for purchase include the BinaxNOW and iHealth covid 19 test, which both have Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA and deliver results in 15 minutes. Both require a shallow nasal swab to collect a sample and swirl it around the lining of the nose for 10-15 seconds. If one line shows up, you’re negative; two lines indicate a positive result.

Antigen tests look for markers of an active COVID-19 infection, while antibody tests check for antibodies to the coronavirus. Antibody tests may not be as accurate as antigen tests, but they can help scientists track the spread of the virus and determine how many people have become immune to it.

Regardless of the type of test you prefer, it’s important to read and follow the instructions carefully. You should also pay attention to the expiration date, which is typically on the outside of the box and marked with an hourglass icon. Some tests have been recalled, so it’s essential to make sure that you’re buying the right product.

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