These tests will determine if you are infected with COVID-19 by using a swab tissue sample collected from your nose. After you collect your sample, you test it using the supplied kit materials. Home tests show an accuracy rate > 90% however some human error in the home setting is to be expected and likely reduces this accuracy. These tests are called antigen tests and work by identifying the presence of specific proteins that are only associated with the COVID-19 virus. If those proteins are detected, you will receive a positive result. A negative result on your home test means that the test did not detect any viral proteins associated with COVID-19. It is important to note that a single negative home test result may not be completely reliable, and results may depend on what stage of the infection you are in, especially if you currently have symptoms associated with COVID-19. If your result is negative, it is suggested to repeat the test to confirm with confidence that you are not infected by COVID-19. The manufacturer instructions should provide additional information for how long you should wait to repeat the test (usually at least 24 hours between tests).
Do all COVID-19 home test kits work?
There are fake tests out there! It is important to confirm that your home testing kit is approved by When administered properly, COVID-19 home test kits are reliable at detecting individuals who are currently infected with the virus.
The COVID-19 virus continues to be a significant healthcare concern across the nation. In particular, the Omicron variant has spread rapidly due to its highly transmissible features and holiday/travel season activities. Some states have reported record high numbers that surpass previous COVID-19 reports. The CDC expects that anyone infected with COVID-19 infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms. Testing services are in high demand and continue to be one of the best methods available to provide up to date information on the virus. Testing yourself becomes especially important before participating in large gatherings, meeting people outside your household or those who are at high-risk for potentially serious COVID-19 responses (e.g., individuals who have underlying medical conditions, the elderly, or unvaccinated). Testing has never been easier with options for in-clinic and home testing kits.
What is a COVID-19 home test kit?
COVID-19 home tests (also known as self-tests or over the counter tests) can be taken at home or in any physical location. Home test kits are quick, easy to use and provide fairly immediate results letting you know if you have COVID-19. Results are available typically in 30 minutes or less. You can use COVID-19 home-test kits independent of vaccination status and regardless of the presence of symptoms. The home test kit works similarly to a test that would be performed at the doctor’s office or a testing center except you get to be the one performing the scientific analysis (in part).
the FDA. Confirm the test you purchased has “emergency use authorization” from the FDA. This statement should be labeled on the home testing kit packaging.
Tips for COVID-19 Home Test Taking
- Check the test expiration date
- Make sure your hands and the testing area are sanitized
- Read the manufacturer instructions before you begin
- To obtain accurate results, follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions for performing the home-test exactly.
- If your home test result is positive, contact your health care and follow CDC guidelines for quarantining
What to do if your test is positive?
If your COVID-19 home test is positive, you should reach out to your healthcare provider to inform them of your positive result and stay in contact with them during your infection. If you have any underlying medical conditions that put you at a higher risk from COVID-19, it is important to seek medical care and potential treatment. A positive result means that you may be contagious and can actively spread the virus to others. To reduce viral spread, follow CDC’s guidelines for isolation. If you have recently been in contact with others, it is important to let your close contacts know about your positive test and that they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. If your symptoms worsen, tell your healthcare provider, or if your symptoms become worse you seek out emergency assistance.
To better protect the community, the CDC is offering free testing kits which can be ordered here: https://www.covidtests.gov/
If you are concerned about performing the home test yourself, contact the experts at myOnsite Healthcare and have one of our mobile phlebotomists come to you and perform the test on your behalf.