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January 4, 2022
At-home antigen tests for COVID-19 involve taking a sample from your nostril with a cotton swab. The test kit includes a device that can rapidly analyze this test sample.
In addition to at-home tests, rapid antigen tests can be done in a doctor’s office, pharmacy, health clinic, or other medical settings. Antigen tests can also be done by sending a sample to a laboratory for analysis.
It is useful to consider the relative benefits and downsides of antigen testing done at home compared to testing in a medical office or laboratory.
The main potential benefits of at-home COVID-19 antigen testing include:
Possible downsides of at-home antigen testing include:
If you are interested in testing for COVID-19, you can talk with your physician about how these benefits and downsides of at-home testing apply in your situation.