Updated: Aug 26, 2020
If you are one of the millions of Americans who still have not had a COVID-19 test, you can now get a test without waiting in long lines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized a number of at-home collection tests for COVID-19. Also, most of the companies receiving the at-home collection kits promise to provide results within 24 to 48 hours.
Unfortunately, most of the reliable tests for identifying SARS-CoV2 require a quick and mostly uncomfortable nasal swab. The FDA also approved a saliva COVID-19 test by SalivaDirect. However, this test is not widely available at local labs. The SalivaDirect test is being used by the National Basketball Association (NBA), to determine quickly if NBA players test positive for COVID-19.
Taking an at-home COVID-19 test can allow all of us to begin to see some of our loved-ones without the fear of spreading the coronavirus. However, obtaining a negative test does not mean you should not wear a mask when visiting vulnerable seniors. Most of the FDA-approved at-home kits will work with your insurance company, which can decrease your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have health insurance, you can expect to spend from $100 to $130.
I have provided information below on how to get an at-home COVID-19 testing kit. Most of the websites below require you to complete an online form in order to receive the at-home collection kit by mail delivery via FedEx or United Parcel Service (UPS). If you act fast, Everlywell is offering a 25% discount on at-home tests through August 28, 2020 when you use the code SUMMER.
Stay safe and be well.
At-Home COVID-19 Testing Sites
Everlywell - (The Everlywell test is not approved for use in New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2020, May 16). FDA authorizes first standalone at-home sample collection kit that can be used with certain authorized tests. Retrieved from: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-first-standalone-home-sample-collection-kit-can-be-used
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2020, April 21). Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: FDA authorizes first test for patient at-home sample collection. Retrieved from: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-first-test-patient-home-sample-collection
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2020, August 24). FAQs on testing for SARS-CoV-2. Retrieved from: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/faqs-testing-sars-cov-2
Disclosure: (I am a writer and editor for the National Institutes of Health. Information contained in this blog post are not associated with my role at NIH).