At a glance
- Ages 2+
- Requires two tests within 36 hours
- Displays results in app
- Kit for international travel available
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BinaxNow offers an at-home solution for testing your COVID-19 symptoms. It requires only a shallow nasal swab to test and includes optional self-reporting through an app to capture and record your results. However, you need to test yourself more than once, and it doesn’t meet CDC requirements for use when re-entering the country after traveling abroad.
Find BinaxNow at-home rapid COVID tests in stock online at these top retailers. Note that stock fluctuates frequently, and some brands on this list may occasionally go out of stock. We keep this page updated daily.
For more COVID test kit options, head to our at-home COVID test page, where you’ll find other test brands that are available for online purchase.
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DailySale currently stocks Binax and other brands of rapid COVID tests online. Prices of two-pack test kits may be more expensive than from some competitors, however, and stock fluctuates often.
BinaxNow tests available for in-store pickup.
BinaxNow tests are available for in-store pickup in some locations. On/Go at-home test kits and DxTerity saliva collection test kits are currently available to buy online from Walmart.
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DMB ships BinaxNow COVID tests the same or next day. Prices of two-pack test kits may be more expensive than from competitors, though you'll find discounts on bulk orders.
BinaxNow’s rapid COVID test operates similarly to other at-home tests. Place the swab in your nose and swirl it using big circles. Then insert the swab into the test card and wait 15 minutes for the results
Your test card will show either:
You need to test yourself twice within three days to confirm your results, especially if you initially test negative.
Failing to follow the instructions can result in false results, so carefully read all paperwork with your kit before testing.
The BinaxNow kit contains:
The BinaxNow kit includes an Abbott-branded app called NAVICA. The app works on iPhones and Android devices and allows you to store and display your test results from the convenience of your phone. Your results are encrypted and only shared with those you authorize.
Many other at-home tests require you to test only once. However, with the BinaxNow kit, you must test twice within 36 hours.
And it doesn’t advertise its accuracy results online, unlike the Ellume kit that boasts a 96% accuracy rate when used correctly.
The majority of at-home rapid tests for COVID-19, including BinaxNow, are antigen tests, which look for molecules found on the virus. However, a few at-home tests, like Cue, are molecular tests that experts say tend to be more accurate overall.
The US Food and Drug Administration approved the BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test for emergency use in November 2021. Emergency use allows companies to bring their products to market faster in unusual circumstances, such as during a pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include Abbot, the manufacturer of BinaxNow, on its site as a training resource for COVID-19 point of care and self-testing. The CDC also evaluated the effectiveness of BinaxNow in a clinical study, finding it to be highly accurate in detecting COVID-19 in individuals experiencing symptoms. Yet, it also produced a 47% false negative rate in asymptomatic people with COVID-19.
The BinaxNow kit does not meet the CDC’s travel requirements for testing. However, the BinaxNow COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is approved for international travelers in combination with eMed Telehealth Services. To qualify, you must purchase the test through eMed or another approved retailer.
If you test positive using the at-home kit, follow the instructions provided with the kit or in the NAVICA app. The company recommends contacting your healthcare provider for next steps. It also recommends isolating to avoid spreading the virus.
Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test result along with your medical history and symptoms.
Consult the CDC’s guidelines on exposure and quarantine for guidance.
At-home rapid COVID tests — also called antigen tests — detect protein fragments specific to SAR-CoV-2. It’s a convenient way to test for COVID-19 without needing to leave your home or find a testing center. It reports results in as little as 15 minutes but isn’t as accurate as a PCR test.
Rapid tests are most accurate for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. While the false-positive rate is very low, the false negative rate is up to 50%.
Learn more about FDA-approved at-home COVID tests for emergency use by the public.
In December 2021, the White House announced a plan that includes nine actions to protect the health of Americans in the wake of spiking Delta and Omicron variants. Among them was expanding access to free at-home testing regardless of health insurance status.
Details aren’t yet in, but options are expected to include:
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