Tops Friendly Markets are now offering an at-home COVID-19 testing kit, manufactured by Quidel and distributed by McKesson according to a story aired on NEWS 4 (WIVB-TV). These QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Tests provide results in the privacy of your own home. They are fast, easy, over the counter and provide a COVID-19 test that is ready when you are. Everything you need is included and we're told using the test is simple.

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The test is authorized under an FDA EUA for home use and has a self-collected anterior nasal swab sample for those ages 2-years-old and up to determine a positive or negative COVID-19 result. The kit includes two tests, which according to the manufacturer should be used over two to three days with at least 24 hours and no more than 36 hours between tests.

The swab containing the nasal sample is swirled in a tube of solution, then removed, before a test strip is inserted. After just 10 minutes, the test strip canbe removed from the tube and you view your results. Positive results should result in further follow-up with your physician.

In studies, the QuickVue At- Home OTC COVID-19 Test identified positive cases 83.5% of the time, and identified negative cases 99.2% of the time when compared to PCR results, the standard lab test that on average takes four to five days before receiving results.

If you have yet to receive your COVID-19 Vaccine appointments are available at Tops Pharmacies for those 12 years of age and older (where available).

 

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