Covid-19 At Home Rapid Tests


Madelyn Miel, Staff Writer

As the pandemic continues, we have found better ways to get tested. One of those is obtaining at-home tests. These tests have become more convenient as we adapt to our new normal. If you can find these tests, they come in handy. 

How do they work?

These self-tests are also known as antigen tests and classify under the rapid test category. The test looks for COVID-19 proteins that are particular to COVID-19; these proteins are like a lock and key in the virus world. The tests can provide a result in minutes. You will know if it is positive or negative as the instructions on the box will show you the symbol for positive and negative. 

Just like any other rapid test, it is found to be very effective in finding COVID-19. However, nothing is perfect, and a false positive is possible. This isn’t as likely though. If the test comes up negative, it is still a good idea to test 1-2 days after the first test.

How do I use these tests?

To use these at home tests, you should follow the instructions provided in the box. Overall, the instructions consist of swabbing your nose to get a specimen sample and test the specimen for your results. You should wash your hands before and after retrieving the specimen sample.

Where can I find these tests?

Some stores that carry these at home tests are, but not limited to, CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Target. You can also order free tests from the government. To find out more click here.


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