Are Illinois Residents Taking The COVID-19 Rapid Tests Correctly At Home?
Remember back in early 2021 when we all thought, hoped, and prayed the COVID-19 pandemic would be way behind us by the time the calendar flipped to 2022? Well, it's definitely not, and this is beyond frustrating.
We're All Over COVID
Nearly 2 years into this pandemic mess, I think it's safe to say we're all OVER talking, hearing, and worrying about COVID-19. I'm tired of people fighting over the validity of the virus or vaccination status. I'm sick of having a massive q-tip shoved up my nose every time I, or my kids, get a dang sniffle or sore throat. Honestly, I'm really just tired of constantly having to ask myself, "should I just stay home?'.
To Get Tested or Not to Get Tested, That is the Question
This morning both of my daughters complained of a sore throat when they woke up. In normal times, we would just take their temperature and if it was normal, we'd send them to school and tell them not to breathe on anyone...just in case. Not in current times though. This morning my husband did the socially responsible thing and called them off for school, and now we're starting the 'should we get tested for COVID' dance. I HATE this dance, and now there are so many things to consider when it comes to getting tested. Where should I go for the best/fastest results? Are these testing huts set up in random parking lots legit? Should I just go buy an at-home rapid test and be done with it? Well, let's focus on the at-home testing option for a minute.
By now we've all heard that the prices for at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are going up, so that sucks, but that's not the only thing to be leary about with the at-home testing option. Here's the big thing many people don't realize; you need to take several at-home rapid tests before you can surely say you don't, or do, have COVID-19...these are not a one-and-done option.
A recent article on abc7chicago.com says;
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those over-the-counter rapid tests were approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be used twice over a three-day period, with at least 24 hours, and no more than 48 hours between tests.
So, how can we get the most accurate results if we choose to go the at-home COVID-19 rapid test route? This video from ABC 7 should help answer most of your questions...
PLEASE make sure you are using these at-home tests correctly and isolating accordingly so we can finally get to a point where we can kiss the damn pandemic goodbye for good!