A Nose And Throat Swab May Yield More Accurate COVID-19 Self-Tests

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After Taking Your Sample

Home testing

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Once you have taken your samples, put the swab – soft tip first – inside of the tube you were provided containing liquid. Break the top portion off at the designated break line, and screw the cap onto the tube. Do not put your swab down or let it touch anything before putting it in the tube. Simply put it in the tube the moment you’re done taking your sample.

Tap the bottom of the tube a few times on a surface, and then squeeze the sides of it, extracting as much of your sample from the soft tip as possible, so that it mixes with the fluid. Swirl it around, then put the designated number of drops on the actual test. Wash your hands as soon as this is done.

If you test negative but have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, it is recommended to self-isolate, and re-test in 48 hours. If you test positive and have symptoms, the current CDC guidelines recommend isolating for at least five days.

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