How to test
RATs are a quick and accurate to test, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Below are some basic instructions on how to do a nasal test. Before you begin, check what the instructions included in the box say for your test.
- Wash your hands.
- Insert the soft end of the stick all the way to the back of your nose.
- Move the stick around in the nostril for 15 seconds. Repeat for your other nostril.
- Some tests come with the liquid already in the tube, and some you need to pour in. Check your test’s instructions.
- Put the soft end of the stick in the tube. Stir the stick 10 times.
- Squeeze the tube 10 times as you remove the stick.
- Put the cap on the tube and squeeze 3 to 4 drops on the circle on the test.
- Wait 10 to 20 minutes and read the result.
A positive result has a red line next to both the C and T markers the T marker line might be pale or very dark. Either way, it is a positive result and you're a COVID-19 case.
A negative result has a red line next to the C marker and no line next to the T marker.
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