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How to Use Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19
Rapid COVID tests are cost-effective and easy to administer. Follow these steps to learn how to use rapid rapid antigen tests for COVID-19.
Steps to use a rapid antigen test kit
- sterile swab
- extraction buffer tube
- test cassette reader
Rotate the swab 4 times for about 15 seconds against the nasal wall and remove it from the nostril.
Repeat with the same swab in the other nostril.
Note: Samples must be collected from both nostrils using the same swab.
In case of a positive result, a colored line appears in the lower section of the result window. This is the test line (T). Even if the test line is very faint or not uniform, the test result should be interpreted as a positive result.
Did You Test Positive for COVID-19?
If you tested positive for COVID-19 in Canada, you might be wondering what to do next? While they are similar, the guidelines do vary by province. Luckily, we’ve put a helpful guide together for you. Read what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.
Video Demo – How to Use Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID
In this video, Adam Singfield, Co-Founder of Rapid Test & Trace, demonstrates how to use a rapid antigen test during a live broadcast of CP24’s Morning Show.