Many of us look forward to spending the holiday season with family members who live under the same roof. However, during a pandemic, it also means increasing the risk of Covid19 infection and spread. For this to be prevented, regular tests are vital (as well as being vaccinated and wearing a face mask). There seem to be testing services around the country, but those with limited time may want to bypass the vast queues and
favor quick at-home Covid tests, which may provide results in 15 minutes within about.
The FDA states that it is currently assessing its ability to detect omicron variants in-home tests, and preliminary results suggest that it can be detected with the Abbott Binax Now and Quidel QuickVue test kits. However, with hundreds of options, it's hard to know which one to buy (even if it's in stock).
How accurate is a quick Covid test at home?
Rapid COVID-19 tests frequently yield findings in minutes and do not require an expert to examine them in a laboratory.
Often these fast tests are antibody tests, and the two names are frequently used alternatively.
The FDA has conducted all tests below "emergency clearance," but these tests are not 100% accurate. According to the FDA, most home antigen rapid tests are about 85% sensitive (depending on the test). False positives or false-positive results may occur. Almost all kits include two retest tests so you can reconfirm the results. Test results may be displayed as invalid. This means that the test didn't work. If this happens the first time you test, you can retry the second box in the box (although you will have to purchase another box to retest).
Stock fluctuations and insurance coverage
Nowadays, running a quick Covid test at home is not as easy as going to a drugstore or clicking Add to Cart. Inventory is constantly in flux and should be regularly checked online or in stores. We recommend calling your local drugstore or pharmacy to check availability.
Retailers limit the number of tests per customer to meet the growing demand. Walgreens is limited to four tests per purchase, both in-store and online. Wal-Mart limits customers to eight tests when making online purchases (there is no store limit). With CVS, you can only buy six tests at a time. You can add at-home kits right away. The Biden government recently announced plans to distribute 500 million Rapid Home Covid test kits for free in the United States, which will not begin until January. Your only option is to pay for a commercial quick assembly kit from your pocket. For the time being, the kit will only be insured if ordered by a doctor based on your symptoms. However, it is advisable to keep your receipt as it may be refunded by private health insurance. Do you have a Flexible Expenditure Account (FSA) or a Medical Savings Account (HSA)? You can choose to buy a Covid rapid test kit for your home use.
Rapid Covid19 Home Tests
1. Abbott BinaxNow Rapid Antigen Self-Test Kit
Abbott's Binax Now kit provides results within 15 minutes of wiping the nose and inserting the sample into the included test card. You can then use the companion app Navica to report the results yourself. If the test is negative, you will be given a temporarily encrypted digital passport. This passport can be used as official evidence of test results. If you have two tests per box, the company recommends running another test within three days. The shortest is 24 hours, and the latest is 48 hours.
2. Intrivo Diagnostics On / Go Antigen Self-Test
The On / Go Home Set comes with a connection app that guides you through the process. After creating an account, collect samples using the test cassettes, extraction vials, vial caps, and nasal swabs included in the box. When the 10 minutes are up, you will be asked to upload a photo of the result, and the app will check if the impact is positive, negative, or invalid (you can try again at that point).
3. FlowFlexCovid19 Rapid AntigenTest
FlowFlex is the cheapest test on this list. Unlike most of these kits, you can only take one test per box. However, unlike other tests, the FDA is so confident about this test that we do not recommend retesting it after a few days unless you feel that you have new symptoms. The process is similar: wipe the nose, soak a cotton swab in the solution, and squeeze a few drops on the test card. After 15-30 minutes, the results will be displayed. According to the company, this test is likely to detect a variant of Omicron, but it has not yet been verified.
4. BD Veritor Digital Test Kit
The BD Veritor app provides digital results instead of interpreting test card lines. After taking the sample and waiting for 15 minutes, you need to scan the test card with the Scanwell Health app to see if it is positive or negative. From there, you can save the encrypted version of the result to your mobile phone. Warning: This test requires an app. Ensure your smartphone is compatible before you start.
5. InteliSwab Rapid Antigen Home Test Kit
InteliSwab looks different from standard home Covid test kits and has the most prolonged latency. Instead of a separate nasal swab, it comes with a flat pad attached to the result window. After wiping both nostrils with a flat pad, insert it into a tube of solution and wait 30-40 minutes for the results to appear.
Hence, these are some of the tests that you can use to be safe at home. While you can also use tests from RiteAid and ExpressMed, the FlowFlex Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test is the cheapest and most reliable. If you choose to use it, it will be in your best interests. It is very important to ensure that you are taking safety precautions. Your and your family's safety is your responsibility. GDI Medical wishes you safety, prosperity, and health.