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If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or just want to clear up any doubts, a good idea is to take a quick home test to find out your diagnosis. These are an excellent alternative to avoiding the long lines at medical centers, and the best part is that they can provide results in around 15 minutes.
However, with so many options available on the market it can be hard to know which one to try. To help you in your search, we have put together some alternatives based on availability and authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to studies by this US agency, the Abbott BinaxNow and Quidel QuickVue tests can detect the omicron variant, according to preliminary results. Next we show you the best home tests for COVID-19 in the US.
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Abbott BinaxNow Antigen Self-Test
Abbot’s BinaxNow Home Test delivers results within 15 minutes after taking a nasal swab and inserting it into the test card included in the package. After the quick test you can use the companion app navica, so you record your results. If you test negative you will receive a temporary encrypted digital pass that you can use as official proof of your results.
Each box includes two tests, since the company recommends performing a second one within three days (not before 24 hours have passed and not more than 48).
Quidel QuickVue At-Home OTC Covid-19 Test
With this home test all you need to do is swab both nostrils, drop the sample into the pre-filled solution tube and soak the test strip for 10 minutes. If the result is positive, a blue line and a pink line will appear on the strip. If it’s negative, you’ll only see a blue line.
Like the Abbott package, the QuickVue package includes two separate tests, so you can take another one within three days.
Intrivo On/Go Antigen Self-Test
The On/Go Rapid Test is used with a companion app that can be downloaded by scanning the QR code on the box or walking into stores app store Y google play; This will guide you through the entire testing process. Once you create an account, you must use the test cassette, collection vial, vial cap, and nasal swab that come in the box to collect your sample.
After 10 minutes you will be asked to upload a photo of your result to the app and the app will confirm if it is positive, negative or invalid (in the latter circumstance you can try to get the results again).
iHealth Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test
This quick test comes with a nasal swab, solution, and test card. After collecting your sample and immersing it in the solution, you need to add three drops to the test card. After 15 minutes, your result will appear and you can upload it to the companion app. If you test negative, you will have access to an iHealth pass to use as a digital certificate. The company says it is “very confident” that its test can detect omicron variant, but still experiment with it.
FlowFlex Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test
This is the most affordable home test of all the ones we mention in this article, although unlike the others, the FlowFlex test contains only one per box. However, the FDA is confident enough in this home test that it doesn’t necessarily advise taking another sample after a few days (unless you feel new symptoms).
The process is similar to the others: Take a nasal swab with the swab, dip it into the solution, and squeeze a few drops onto the included test card. After 15 to 30 minutes your results will appear. The company says it probably tests can detect omicron variant, but this has not yet been verified.