How To Do A PCR Test At Home

PCR Test

If you are planning to do a PCR test, you need to know the right steps to follow. First and foremost, you need to remember that PCR tests are mainly for people who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The swab is sent to a lab to get the results. There is also the rapid lateral flow test that you can do, which is the type of test you usually do if you don’t have symptoms.

Before you go ahead to do a PCR test at home, there are various things you need to do first. Among them include finding at home your nearest Royal Mail priority postbox or book a courier to collect it, and   registering your PCR home test kit on GOV.UK.

The main steps for doing a PCR test are not that complicated. You will be provided with detailed instructions with your test kit. If you are doing the test at a test site and need support, a trained helper can provide guidance with that.

The main steps for doing this test include washing your hands with soap or using a hand sanitizer, laying out all the items in the test kit on the clean surface, and blowing your nose and then washing your hands again. After doing that, you should open your mouth wide and then rub the swab over your tonsils (or where they would have been).

Try to avoid the end of the swab touching your teeth gums or tongue. Put the same swab inside your nose at about 2.5cm up or until you feel some resistance, and then put the swab facing down into the tube and then screw the lid tight. Once you have done that, put the tube in the bag provided, and then mail it to the lab.

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