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A COVID-19 self-test is a rapid test that you can do at home and get results within 15-30 minutes. Self-tests are also known as home tests, self-collected tests, or antigen tests. You can purchase self-tests in stores or pharmacies and online.

When to use a COVID‑19 self-test

  • If you have symptoms or a close contact or someone in your household is exposed or has COVID‑19 symptoms
  • For work or schools (check with your employer/school to see what type of tests they accept)
  • Before or after family gatherings, parties, or holiday functions
  • After large events such as a sports games or faith-based services and after travel

Do not use a COVID 19 self-test in these situations:

  • To meet travel requirements
  • If you have already been tested at a testing site or health care provider and are waiting for results. Wait for your results and follow guidance.

How-to videos: COVID-19 self-tests

Woman performing nasal swab on child

Where to request a free rapid test

You can request free rapid test kits from the following places:

If you have insurance, you can request to be reimbursed:

What should I do if my test is positive?

If you have a positive result, consider yourself positive and:

  • Isolate for 5 days. Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days after leaving isolation.
  • Tell your close contacts and household members you have tested positive
  • Report rapid test results to Washington State Department of Health using one of the following two options:
    • Report by phone. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press # (press #7 for Spanish or speak the language you need when the call is connected).
    • Report online. Go to safercovid.org/mytest, select your state, then complete the online form with your test results.

For detailed guidance see our isolation and quarantine page. For resources and support while you isolate, go to kingcounty.gov/nextsteps.

What should I do if my test is negative?

A negative test result means the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your specimen. If you took the test while you had symptoms and followed all instructions carefully, a negative result means your current illness is probably not COVID-19.

However, it is possible for a test to give a false negative. You could also test negative if the specimen was collected too early in your infection. In this case, you could test positive later during your illness.

If you have a negative result but are concerned that you might have COVID‑19 because you were exposed or have symptoms or you may have a false negative result, then we recommend quarantining yourself and getting another COVID‑19 test or performing serial (repeat) testing.

See "What if I have a negative result but I am concerned I have COVID‑19" in Rapid self-testing, question #5.


Tips for using a self-test

For accurate results and for your test to be valid, follow all the instructions inside the self-test box and check the expiration date on the box to make sure your test has not expired. For more information on expiration dates of rapid test kids see Can you use a COVID-19 home (antigen) test after the expiration date?" in Rapid self-testing, question #7.

There are many different brands of COVID-19 home test kits. Be sure you use an FDA-authorized test.

Here you will find a list of FDA-authorized tests and how-to videos by test manufacturer for the following brands (English only):

  • BD Veritor
  • BinaxNOW
  • Carestart
  • Celltrion DiaTrust
  • Clinitest
  • FlowFlex
  • iHealth
  • InBios
  • InteliSwab
  • QuickVue
  • Standard Q

Select a language below to view available how‑to self-test videos

የ COVID‑19 ምልክቶች ካለብዎ ወይም ምናልባት ተጋልጠው ከነበር፣ ወዲያውኑ ምርመራ ማድረግ አስፈላጊ ነው። ቀደም ብሎ የ COVID‑19ን ምርመራ ማድረግ፤ በሽታውን ወደ ጓደኞችዎ ፣ ቤተሰብዎ እና ማህበረሰብዎ እንዳይዛመት ለመከላከል ይረዳል።

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/ulI1LWegBUM external link

إذا كانت لديك أعراض كوفيد-19 أو يُحتمل أنك تعرضت للفيروس،من المهم إجراء الاختبار على الفور. يمكنك القيام بذلك في المنزل باستخدام مجموعة أدوات اختبار ذاتي بسيطة وسهلة الاستخدام وتحصل على النتائج خلال 15 إلى 30 دقيقة فقط.

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/gzTeMVuxw2c external link

如果您有新冠肺炎症状或曾接触过患者,请必须立即接受检测。 您可以使用简单易用的自我检测工具在家中完成检测,并在短短15至30分钟内获得结果。

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/u89NB9rl4iY external link

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/rCPfYlOLZs8 external link

如果您有新冠肺炎症狀或曾接觸過患者,請必須立即接受檢測。 您可以使用簡單易用的自我檢測工具在家中完成檢測,並在短短15至30分鐘內獲得結果。

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/t_F_RXoDGn8 external link

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/IJhFMimo1A0 external link

COVID-19 के लिए घर पर रैपिड टेस्ट करना त्वरित और आसान है।

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/P_HDQSEFgd4 external link

Yog koj yuav kuaj covid 19 koj tus kheej tos tsev, ua tau yoojyim thiab sai heev.

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/WGTV_hoZPEI external link

Longc yiem biauv zaah ganh weic COVID‑19 nyei baengc se siepv caux hungh-heic nyei.

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/CqNNl24SL3g external link

新型コロナウイルスのホームテストは素早く簡単にできます。

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/_i0JW1eeo3Q external link

ការធ្វើតេស្តរកមេរោគ COVID-19 នៅផ្ទះលឿន និងងាយស្រួល។

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/u52R8FmEuow external link

코로나19 증상이 있거나 노출되었을 가능성이 있는 경우 즉시 검사를 받는 것이 중요합니다. 간단하고 쉬운 자가 진단 키트를 사용하여 집에서 이 작업을 수행할 수 있으며 단 15~30분 만에 결과.

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/zNs3u3z-23Q external link

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/8b1cdjdOc4U external link

ຂອງການກວດດ້ວຍຕົນເອງຢູ່ບ້ານແບບໄວແລະງ່າຍດາຍ.

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/diHupp-jLAc external link

Если у вас возникли симптомы COVID‑19 или вы могли подвергнуться заражению, очень важно сразу же пройти тестирование. Вы можете сделать это дома, используя простой и удобный набор для самодиагностики, и получить результаты всего через 15-30 минут.

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/xpiUvldQn88 external link

O le faia o lau su’ega fa’atope o le COVID‑19 i le fale,e vave toe faigofie.

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/HqThsaSAiaA external link

Hadaad leedahay calaamadaha COVID‑19 ama uu kusoo gaaray, waa muhiim inaad si dhaqsaa isku soo baartid. Tan waxaad ku sameyn kartaa guriga adigoo isticmaalaya qalab fudud, iskaa isku baar, jawaabahana ku hel 15-30 daqiiqo gudahooda.

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/S_ldlP8IK3o external link

Si usted tiene síntomas de COVID‑19 o pudo haber sido expuesto, es importante hacerse una prueba cuanto antes. Usted puede hacer esto en casa utilizando un kit de autopruebas simple y fácil de usar, y obtener el resultado en solo 15 a 30 minutos.

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/6ADSF3mcx8E external link

iHealth: https://youtu.be/yGbwl7uFPvY external link

Kung mayroon kang mga sintomas ng COVID‑19 o maaaring nahantad, mahalagang magpasuri kaagad. Ang maagang pagsusuri ay nakakatulong na maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID‑19 sa mga kaibigan, pamilya, at komunidad.

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/fGlF_qQNWmc external link

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/Bi_p2kqBOs4 external link

கோவிட்-19-க்கு வீட்டிலேயே ரேபிட் டெஸ்ட் செய்வது மிகவும் எளிமையானது.

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/jbfkiKtU4pM external link

ఇంటి వద్ద కోవిడ్-19 రాపిడ్ పరీక్ష చేయడం వేగవంతం అలాగే సులభం.

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/l2oBrrZkz6s external link

การตรวจหาเชื้อโควิด-19 ด้วยตัวเองที่บ้านแบบเร่งด่วน ทำได้ง่ายสะดวกและรวดเร็ว

FlowFlex: https://youtu.be/Y2qKDT3ljtc external link

Якщо у вас є симптоми COVID‑19 або ви були в контакті із хворою людиною, важливо негайно пройти тестування. Раннє тестування допомагає запобігти поширенню COVID‑19 серед друзів, родини та громади.

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/FNUC61IOa-c external link

Nếu quý vị có các triệu chứng của COVID‑19 hoặc có thể đã bị phơi nhiễm, điều quan trọng là cần được xét nghiệm ngay. Xét nghiệm sớm giúp ngăn ngừa COVID‑19 lây lan cho bạn bè, gia đình, và cộng đồng. Quý vị có thể thực hiện điều này tại nhà, sử dụng bộ dụng cụ tự xét nghiệm đơn giản và dễ sử dụng, và nhận kết quả chỉ sau 15-30 phút.

BinaxNOW: https://youtu.be/TU7dJReUIjY external link

FlowFlex : https://youtu.be/yzAqnkcMwQ8 external link


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