Now that the home test kits are getting readily available and accessible, it is important to understand how to use your test kit appropriately.
Before you proceed to take your test, in the first five days, you need to take the test if you are having the following symptoms:
- Continuous cough
- Loss of smell or taste
After checking for the above, start by:
- Checking for Royal Mail priority post box
- Registering your kit online
- Ensuring there is no blockage in your nostrils
- Washing your hands for 20-30 seconds
- Disinfect the surface of where you would be carrying out the test.
- Read instructions on test kit before opening
- Ensure you have more than enough test kits if you are testing with other members of your family.
How to take your swab sample
As stated earlier, wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and warm water before handling the test kit in order not to contaminate it.
Disinfect, clean, and dry surfaces before placing the home test kit items on them.
Ensure the test kit contains all the necessary items-Use your test checklist to confirm.
When carrying out this test on yourself, use a mirror to look inside your mouth to find the tonsils at the back of your throat. After doing this, swab for sample. If you are doing this on someone, ensure you use a torchlight.
You need to ensure that excess mucus does not interfere with the test. You can do this by gently blowing your nose and cough into a tissue then throw the tissue into a closed bin.
Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the test kit to avoid contaminating it.
Open the package, take out the swab, open your mouth wide, and gently rub the swab’s fabric tip over both tonsils at the back of the throat for 10 seconds.
Insert the end of the same swab gently into your nostril about 1 inch or until you feel some resistance.
Swivel the swab for 10 to 15 seconds then slowly remove.
Set the swab into the vial with the fabric tip facing downwards and securely tighten the lip of the vial so that no liquid would leak.
Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and warm water. Do this for 20 seconds.
Put the absorbent pad into the zip-lock bag, place the vial next to the absorbent pad in the same bag and seal the bag.
Put zip-lock bag into the biohazard bag after ensuring barcodes on vial and biohazard bag match. Seal the bag using its silver seal.
Assemble the return box by following the instructions on the box, put the biohazard bag into the box and close the box and finally, apply the security seal as directed.
Take note of the barcode on your Royal Mail return label, so you can track the delivery.
Post your completed home test kit not later than 1 hour before the last collection time of the day using a Royal Mail priority postbox with the label and one of the NHS regional logos.
Do not enter any Post Office with your test kits.
How do get your test results
After sending your home test kit to the designated health care facility, your test results arrive two days after via email or text. Please note that this may take longer due to the volume of tests being processed.
Where to purchase your home test kits
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