What kinds of COVID-19 tests are available to buy?
The general public can buy a few different kinds of tests. Some tests can be perfomed at home while others require you to collect your own swab or saliva samples and send them off to a laboratory for results. Some key words or phrases that help you identify tests that give you results within minutes include “antigen self-test” or “home test.” Key phrases such as “home collection” or “self-collect” usually indicate that your sample needs to be sent to a laboratory, although the shipping costs for the samples are usually included when purchasing the kit. Note that some tests are not recommended for children under certain ages or require adult supervision/assistance to help ensure results are accurate. Depending on how quickly you need results and whether you need those results to be verified/certified by an outside party, there are many different tests you could choose. We track all tests available for use under FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) here: https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/covid-19TestingToolkit/molecular-based-tests/current-molecular-and-antigen-tests.html#Current-Molecular-Tests