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.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Insert the soft end of the stick all the way to the back of your nose.
  3. Move the stick around in the nostril for 15 seconds. Repeat for your other nostril.
  4. Some tests come with the liquid already in the tube, and some you need to pour in. Check your test’s instructions.
  5. Put the soft end of the stick in the tube. Stir the stick 10 times.
  6. Squeeze the tube 10 times as you remove the stick.
  7. Put the cap on the tube and squeeze 3 to 4 drops on the circle on the test.
  8. Wait 10 to 20 minutes and read the result.

Positive 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.

Negative result

A negative result has a red line next to the C marker and no line next to the T marker.

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