International companies have made it easy and available for the general public to now test themselves for Covid-19 safely at home.
Just like disposable masks and hand sanitisers, you may want to consider adding the Covid-19 rapid test kit to your new normal and at-home essentials. Rapid tests are reliable and accurate at detecting whether a person has the Covid-19 virus. Depending on the brand, the results may return within fifteen to forty-five minutes. These rapid tests are good at answering the question, ‘do I have Covid?’ For worried individuals who are experiencing symptoms.
Doctors recommend that you should test yourself when you experience symptoms like fever, sore throat or cough, even if you think it might be a bad cold.
This involves rubbing a long cotton bud (swab) over your tonsils, or inside your nose. Research shows rapid tests are very accurate. This means the chance of getting a false-positive result (where the result shows as positive but is actually negative) is extremely low. However, mistakes can happen, so it is very important to follow instructions provided by the rapid test kit. Also, if a test is negative but your symptoms are not going away, it is recommended that you do a retest every few days until they go away.
The earlier you detect the virus, the more effectively doctors can treat you.
Rapid test kits may play an important role in slowing down the spread of the virus, as more people frequently test themselves and self-isolate if they are positive. Even if a person is vaccinated, there is still a chance they can pass Covid-19 on, so being able to test yourself as soon as you feel symptoms is very important.