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(AT risk)Self-Testing At Home or Anywhere

What is a Self-Test or At-Home Test?

Self-tests for COVID-19 give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms.

  • They detect current infection and are sometimes also called “home tests,” “at-home tests,” or “over-the-counter (OTC) tests.”

  • They give your result in a few minutes and are different from laboratory-based tests that may take days to return your result.

  • Self-tests along with vaccination, wearing a well-fitted mask, and physical distancing, help protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19.

  • Self-tests do not detect antibodies which would suggest a previous infection and they do not measure your level of immunity.

When To Take an At-Home COVID-19 Test

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How To Use a Self-Test 

How To Interpret
Positive Results

How To Interpret
Negative Results

How to Get an At-Home COVID-19 Test

  • Order free tests at COVIDtests.govexternal icon. Free tests are also available through local health departments.

  • Buy tests online or in pharmacies and retail stores. Private health insurance may reimburse the cost of purchasing self-tests. Visit FDA’s websiteexternal icon for a list of authorized tests.

  • If you’re not able to obtain a self-test when you need it, you might also visit a community testing site, or call your local health department for more options.

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