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David Tobin

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Covid Test Kit

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David Tobin, (2022, April 1). 4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Covid Test Kit. Psychreg on Wellness. https://www.psychreg.org/things-consider-before-buying-covid-test-kit/
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Covid is still present today. While vaccination continues to help protect against more serious manifestations of the disease, some people are still likely to catch Covid, or be a carrier. That is why it is still important to test for Covid, especially if you plan to interact with unvaccinated individuals.

With home test kits such as Flowflex being opened to the general public in most parts of the world, it is easy to be able to test yourself for Covid, and you can also get results quickly so you would be able to undergo the necessary precautions in case you get positive results.

With many different brands of Covid test kits out there, how can one really tell if he’s getting a legitimate home test kit? In order to ensure that you will only get real ones, here are things that you should consider before buying a Covid test kit:

Check FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that you only buy test kits that have received emergency use authorization (EUA) from them. There are many different brands that have received such authorisation, so make sure that you only buy these brands. Authorized brands have been examined and studied before being granted an EUA so you will be more confident that your choice of Covid test is safe and accurate.

Do your research

There really are a lot of different home test kits for Covid out there. And even if you screen out those that are not authorized by the FDA, you will still have a lot of brands to check out. It is best to conduct a thorough research as to what kind of home test kit you actually want to use. Take note that there are test kits that produce results in a manner of minutes, but there are also those that you will need to submit your sample in order for the hospital or clinic to do the interpretation. 

Of course, most would want instant results. But for those who want to make sure that a professional would do reading for you, such an option can help you out. So conduct research so you know what kind and what brand of home test kit would work best for you.

Check out the expiration date

Before buying a Covid testing kit, it is a good idea to check out the expiration date. You wouldn’t want a test kit that is very near the expiration date, despite being offered at a lower rate. It is best to only buy test kits that are well within their shelf life.

When in doubt, consult a doctor first

If you are not quite confident in doing your Covid test at home, or if you are not sure which brand to use, it is best to consult your doctor first. He or she may even tell you whether there really is a need for you to do a home test kit in the first place.

More often than not, testing is something that is more advisable for those symptomatic cases, and those that have been exposed to confirmed cases. It is always best to talk to a doctor whether this be an in-person consultation or consultation via phone.

Be mindful before buying Covid test kits

Home test kits are definitely in demand nowadays because they are easy ways to help detect Covid and take the necessary precautions should a positive result be shown. However, before you do make a purchase, it is best to be mindful of certain things first. The above are just some of the most important things for you to consider before buying a Covid Test Kit. Do them so you can be more confident when you make your decision.


David Tobin did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.     


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