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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Home COVID Tests: How To Find And Use One On Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving and it will soon be time for some quick COVID tests.

With families and friends gathering in numbers that haven’t been seen since the pandemic began, chances are many of us chill out before heading to Grandma’s house for a turkey feast at a crowded indoor table.

Is it just an allergy to the heady scent bud you bought the other day? Or a potentially fatal disease? Take a rapid COVID test at home and get results in 15 minutes. How do they work? Where can I get them? And is there any Thanksgiving event without them? We research and explain.

How home tests work

Rapid tests are called antigen tests and are slightly different from the PCR tests your healthcare provider probably suggests. Antigen tests identify proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. They tell you if you are contagious during testing, which is useful information ahead of the holidays when you can interact with vulnerable loved ones.

One of the most common tests on the market is the Abbott BinaxNOW test, which comes with step-by-step instructions for rinsing your nose, inserting a tampon into a few drops of the liquid supplied with the kit, and reading the results, which, like a pregnancy test, show a control line. If another line appears, it means the test is positive. If no other line is displayed, it means that it is negative. Other brands include the Quidel QuickVue test and the BD Veritor digital test kit.

To make the obvious, even if you don’t have COVID but think you have the flu or some other medical condition, consider staying at home to avoid exposing others to what you are experiencing.

Where to take the test

If you were in the United Kingdom, the government would provide free rapid tests that can be sent to your home. And they encourage testing. In the Bay Area and in the United States, the process is slightly more complex and costly. Chain pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS do home tests, as do stores like Walmart and Target. A quick inspection of Bay Area stores this week found prices ranging from $ 15 to $ 30 for a two-pack.

Even if you’re willing and able to pay, finding a store with tests in stock – and often locked behind a glass display case – can be a little tricky. A clerk who answered a call Wednesday at Walgreens in downtown San Mateo said he had one set left but could get more by Thursday. An online search Wednesday morning showed Walmart tests are available in San Leandro, but not Union City, Mountain View, or Fremont. Amazon also sells tests, but shipping can of course take a couple of days or more.

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Test demand seems to be on the rise ahead of Turkey Day.

“We continue to see increased demand for COVID-19 over-the-counter tests across the country and are working with our suppliers to ensure customers have access to self-test kits during the holidays,” Walgreens said in a statement.

Signal crazy dash for tests at the pharmacy.

“It’s like toilet paper at the start of a pandemic,” said Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at UCSF.

That is, unless you work for one of the tech giants in the region that has amassed tests and made them available to employees.

The good news is that supply may soon increase. The FDA this week approved three new OTC antigen tests for use, and the Biden administration has pledged to expand rapid testing in the coming months.

When to test

Should I take a rapid test? It depends on the.

“I would advise if you are fully vaccinated and are going to be with a group of people that you know are fully vaccinated and trust these people that they will not come if they have the slightest symptom, which could be early COVID. “I don’t think there is a need for antigen testing,” said John Schwarzberg, emeritus professor of infectious disease and vaccinology at the Joint Medical Program at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, California.

But, according to Schwarzberg, if you are visiting an elderly or immunocompromised person – or you may have been exposed a few days earlier – testing can “add that extra layer” of peace of mind.

He and his wife are planning to take a home test before their granddaughters arrive for Thanksgiving because the younger half are only partially vaccinated.

“This is probably overkill, but it will be more convenient for our granddaughter,” he said.

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