The coronavirus is a serious illness that can make you very sick. People who get it might have to be hospitalized, and some people have died from it. The good news is that there's a test available that can help you find out if you've been exposed to the virus before your symptoms start -- but how accurate is this test?
You've probably heard about the rapid Covid test kit, but you might not be sure what it is or how accurate is it? There are many different tests available for diagnosing coronavirus and other viruses. However, these kits are not regulated by the FDA and they have not been approved by them. In addition they are not recommended for self-diagnosis or use in children. They also haven't been tested in clinical trials which means there isn't any concrete evidence that they're as effective as advertised.
CoviSelf is a test kit from the company Coviself. The test is for the coronavirus and is not FDA approved, so it could vary in accuracy and be difficult to properly handle. The manufacturer claims that it's 99% accurate.
The manufacturer of the test kit, Covid, recommends that you do not self-administer this test if you are at a low risk of infection. They recommend testing for people who are at high risk and have symptoms consistent with chlamydia or gonorrhea, such as:
There is no definitive way to determine whether you're at high risk for STIs without getting tested by your doctor. However, if you're experiencing any of these symptoms and think you may be infected with an STI, it's important to talk to a medical professional right away.
While it is not a medical device, this test kit is regulated by the FDA and is not approved for use in diagnosing or treating any disease.
The testing strips contained in the kit are sensitive to ambient temperature and humidity. They have been tested with an accuracy of +/- 5 percent at 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). At temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius), they may become less reliable; at temperatures above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), they could be affected as well.
To get started, you need to take a nasal swab. The kit comes with instructions on how to do this, as well as a few swabs for convenience if you’re having trouble with the first one. Once you’ve taken the sample, place it into the provided envelope and send it back to Covid Health within 24 hours of collecting it (it should arrive within 3-5 days). You can also choose to opt in for an email reminder when your results are available so that you don’t forget about them!
All in all, this test is very straightforward—you just have to make sure that the kit arrives before too long after taking your swab
The results are available within 15 minutes, according to the manufacturer.
The test is fast, easy to use and easy to read.
It's also reliable and well-reviewed by our experts.
The Rapid Covid test kit is intended for use by health care professionals, not self-diagnosis. It is not FDA-approved and does not diagnose HIV infection, AIDS or any other disease. The test uses a nasal swab to collect cells from the inside of your nose, which are then tested using an in vitro diagnostic device (IVDD). Results are available in 15 minutes or less.
The company promotes this rapid test as 99% accurate at detecting HIV antibodies up to 28 days after infection occurs—which can be useful when trying to determine if someone recently contracted HIV from unprotected sex with a partner who doesn't know his/her status. However, experts say that self-testing kits aren't reliable enough on their own and should only be used as part of an official diagnosis process conducted by trained medical professionals who have access to more comprehensive lab testing tools and data than what's available through these devices
This is an unapproved test that should be used only in an 'emergency.' It is not intended to diagnose or screen for any disease. If you have symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), the first step is to see your doctor so that they can examine you and make sure that you're tested for STIs correctly. The CDC recommends getting tested if:
So, can you trust this test? Well, if you have a confirmed case of coronavirus, it's probably worth the risk. But the manufacturer says that before taking the test, you should get medical advice from a doctor or other healthcare professional. This is because they're not sure how accurate it is in people who aren't showing symptoms (but could still have the virus). And even if it did work perfectly every time -- which doesn't seem likely -- there are still other reasons why someone might have a false negative result (like having had another illness recently).