Covid testing has come a long way, and many people are choosing options at home for convenience, speed, and ease of use. There are also health conditions that can mimic Covid in the early stages, so taking a quick test at home can help you to determine if you have Covid, or if it's actually another health concern, such as seasonal allergies.
Here are a few of the other advantages of participating in Covid testing at home.
1. Provides Testing for Homebound
Leaving home can be difficult for people that have pre-existing health problems or mobility issues. In these cases, at-home Covid testing can provide feedback on if you have been infected by any visitors that have come by your home recently.
The tests themselves can often be shipped directly to and from your home, so you don't need to go out in person to buy them initially.
Just remember to follow the directions carefully, and contact your doctor if you have questions on how to perform the test correctly so that your results will be accurate.
2. Covid Prevention That Is Travel Friendly
Have you just returned from a trip abroad? If so, completing a Covid test at home is a good idea before you return to work or classes so that you will know if you need to stay home and rest, or if you're free to meet up with your colleagues and friends again.
You might also want to consider taking a Covid test before you go on vacation. Case numbers may be lower in your area, but other communities that you travel to could have higher case numbers, or have more people that are at high risk, and will recommend that you get tested more frequently.
3. Eases Anxiety
Going to get Covid testing done in person can be stressful for some people. If you have anxiety about interacting with health professionals, then doing a test in your own home could be a good option for you.
At-home Covid testing is also helpful for people that may need a little more time to complete the test, such as those with sensory issues, or for large families that may have trouble coordinating the logistics of getting everyone to a testing site in person.
Contact Your Doctor Today
If you would like to learn more, talk to your doctor about taking Covid tests at home instead of having to schedule an appointment.