If you head down to your local pharmacy, you can likely now pick up a COVID-19 test you can take at home!
Results are back in about 15 minutes, which is much more convenient than having to send it in to be processed. Also good…no prescription is required.
It’s called BinaxNow and cost about $24 at shops like Walgreens, CVS or Walmart.
Here’s how it works, as explained in YouTube video above:
People will only need to perform a minimally invasive nasal swab (not the deeper nasopharyngeal swab) and all materials required to perform the test (swab, test card, and reagent solution) will come in the box. Each test kit will include an illustrated quick reference guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the test.
Tests are said to be 95% effective. There are two tests included in the box. People are encouraged to test twice, 36 hours apart to confirm results.
The tests are shipping out to stores as I type this, so check with your local store before you make the trip.
I can see this being valuable for people who believe their scratchy throat and cough is from allergies, but just want to make sure.