What you need to know about Amazon's COVID test kit

Amazon sells a coronavirus test kit, but it is not the same as a nasal lab replacement. Here's what you need to know before you buy.

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We all know how tempting it is to open your Amazon Prime application and click "add to cart" all day, but the new COVID-19 tests sold at home are probably something you'll want to take a second to learn a little more about first. Lately, there are tests you can buy on Amazon that are FDA approved, but there are a few things you should consider first before using them.

According to Mother.ly, these tests are sold by the manufacturer DxTerity and as convenient as it may seem, they are not as accurate as you might think. And, of course, they're not covered by insurance, so all costs are your responsibility. You can buy them for $110 each, or you can buy a $10 package for $1,000, which makes them more expensive.

But you're certainly paying for the convenience of these babies!


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Although they are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the trials are conducted under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). They are especially convenient for people who do not have easy access to a test site or who simply want to be safe from the comfort of their homes. They definitely get extra points for doing so.

How to use these COVID tests kit at home
When your test kit arrives, you start by registering your information on the company's website. You should wait 30 minutes after eating, drinking, smoking or even chewing gum before taking the test. Then a saliva test is filled with vomit (which is a little different than swabs done in offices and clinics), and sent to the test centers using a prepaid envelope via Fed-Ex. Within 24-72 hours, you will receive the results electronically.

WHO reports that the laboratory uses nucleic acid amplification to determine the presence of the virus.

The caveat for using this test system is that even if you test positive while using it at home, your doctor will probably want you to take a swab to make sure. DxTerity says, "Test results should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Therefore, if you have used your test and received a negative result, it is important to understand that this does not mean that you are definitely not COVID-free.

In general, it is best to consult a doctor about any type of COVID test. Although there are other companies today that have set out to create more accurate tests, it may be better to leave these tests to the professionals.