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5 Tips To Help You Perform A COVID-19 Test Correctly

by Stella Robinson

COVID-19 has been making headlines for years, and as you may already know, doing a COVID test can help you figure out if you have this common virus. However, taking or administering a COVID-19 test can be a bit tricky if you haven't done one before. Whether you're testing yourself, a loved one, or a patient, here are five tips to help ensure the test for COVID-19 goes smoothly. 

1) Use your nose

Unless otherwise specified, a COVID-19 test swab goes in your nostrils. You should not stick a COVID test in the back of your throat, urinate on the testing swab, or use your blood. That's because these other fluids can give false positive or negative readings.

2) Follow the test instructions

If you've administered a test for COVID-19 in the past, you may assume you already know how the testing process works. However, every company has different procedures. When taking a COVID test, be sure to read and follow all instructions that come with the test, such as letting the collected sample sit for a certain period of time. This helps ensure your test is performed accurately.

3) Don't touch your face

Once the swab is in your nostril, resist the urge to touch your face. This can contaminate the sample and give false readings. If you must touch your face, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after the test.

4) Stay calm

Taking a COVID-19 test can be stressful, especially if you're worried about getting sick. However, it's important to stay calm during the test. This helps ensure an accurate reading and prevents you from making errors. If you're feeling anxious, take a few deep breaths before beginning the test.

5) Don't reuse COVID-19 test swabs

COVID-19 testing swabs should not be shared with others, nor should you use them multiple times. Sharing or reusing swabs can result in inaccurate test results. If you have COVID-19, swapping swabs with friends or family can also spread particles that can make others sick. Play it safe and use a clean swab straight from the package each time you test for COVID-19.

By following these simple tips, you can help ensure your COVID-19 test is performed correctly. Remember, accuracy is key when testing for this virus so you can limit exposure, so make sure you follow proper testing protocol each time.

Contact a local COVID-19 test service to learn more.