These test kits are:
They only require a quick swab inside each nostril
You get rapid results in 10 minutes
Quidel, the test maker, also made the first rapid flu tests used by doctors in the US
When you should test
Don't wait to start testing. People who do not have symptoms can still spread COVID-19
If you have COVID-19 symptoms:
If you've been exposed to COVID-19:
Instructions about how to test and see your results are included in your test kit. You can also be guided through the testing process and receive testing reminders by using our Digital Assistant.
More information about at-home testing can be found on the CDC's Self-Testing Guidance page.
If your results are:
YOU ARE LIKELY CONTAGIOUS
A positive test means it is highly likely you have COVID-19 and could spread it to others. Even if you have no symptoms and feel good, you should assume you are contagious.
To protect others, stay home (except for medical care), isolate yourself, wear a mask around others, avoid sharing personal household items, and wash or disinfect anything you touch. Learn how to isolate.
CONTACT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Seek follow-up care from your healthcare provider as soon as possible, as you may need additional testing and treatment. Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test results, along with your medical history and your symptoms. See the full list of COVID-19 symptoms and emergency warning signs.
GIVE REMAINING TESTS TO SOMEONE ELSE
Stop using the at-home tests and give the remaining tests to someone else.
Testing negative does not mean you are less likely to be infected in the future. Continue testing at home twice a week.
KEEP UP SAFE PRACTICES
Continue hand washing, staying 6 feet away from others, and wearing a mask to defend against the spread of COVID-19. See how to protect yourself and others.
NEGATIVE IS NOT A GUARANTEE
Soon after being infected, you may not have enough virus in your body for the test to find it. This is why frequent at-home testing is recommended. These COVID-19 tests, just like pregnancy tests and flu tests, also have a small error rate or chance of giving a false negative result.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
If you test negative but are experiencing COVID-19−like symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, seek follow-up care with your healthcare provider to discuss options for confirming your result with a lab-based test. Also, take active measures including isolating yourself to defend against the spread of COVID-19. See the full list of COVID-19 symptoms and emergency warning signs.