At a glance
- Advertises 96% accuracy
- Requires only 1 test
- App required for results
- In Canada, only business owners can get this test
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The Ellume at-home rapid COVID test was one of the first on the market, boasting a 96% accuracy rate that remains high among competitors. It pairs with an app that walks you through each step of the test supported by user-friendly videos.
Ellume is approved by Health Canada, but it’s currently only available for Canadian business owners to purchase in bulk. Individual users won’t be able to give it a try.
You’ll have a hard time getting ahold of Ellume at-home rapid COVID tests in Canada. You can buy these tests from Rapid Test & Trace, a Canada-based online retailer that sells a variety of COVID test kits. Business owners looking to buy in bulk for their employees can contact Rapid Test & Trace to discuss test kit availability and bulk buying options.
Rapid Test & Trace offers several rapid antigen home test kits. You will be able to view your results at home in as little as 15 minutes. Beware that a minimum order of 1 box of 5 tests or 25 tests is required.
This Boson rapid antigen test is fast and very easy to use, you will get results in just 20 minutes or less. This rapid antigen test is approved by Health Canada. (Note: Rapid antigen tests may not be accepted for travel.) Regular:
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Go Test Rapide's Antigen At-Home Service Tele-test is approved by Health Canada. Once you received your test, a trained professional will give you a call to will walk you through the process. (Note: Rapid antigen tests may not be accepted for travel.)Regular: $65 for 1 test
Approved by Health Canada, these tests provide results in as little as 15-20 minutes. Tests can be done at home. No medical supervision or lab work required! (Note: Rapid antigen tests may not be accepted for travel.)Regular: $159.99 for 20 tests ($8 per test)
Ellume’s at-home COVID test operates similarly to other at-home tests with 1 notable exception: You must download an app to complete your test and view your results. The app includes step-by-step instructions that include video.
The app displays your results as:
If you receive an inconclusive result, you need to buy another kit and test again. Ellume includes only 1 test per kit.
Failing to follow the instructions can result in false results, so carefully follow the app’s instructions as you move through the test.
The Ellume kit contains:
2 factors give Ellume an edge over its competitors:
In the US, Ellume home test kits are available for individual purchase for $39 USD each. This price tag isn’t as wallet-friendly as other at-home kits — especially considering Ellume contains only a single test. For comparison, a Boson Rapid Antigen Test kit comes with 20 tests and costs $159.99 CAD from WagJag, which means each test costs around $8.00.
If you don’t have a smartphone, the required app use could pose a problem.
Like the majority of at-home rapid tests for COVID-19, Ellume is an antigen test, which looks for molecules found on the virus. A few at-home tests, like the Ichor COVID-19 PCR Saliva Test (sold by Rexall), are PCR (molecular) tests that experts say tend to be more accurate overall.
The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test was approved by Health Canada in September 2021. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the same test for emergency use in December 2020. Emergency use allows companies to bring their products to market faster in unusual circumstances, such as during a pandemic.
The FDA has issued 2 recalls of Ellume testing kits for having higher-than-acceptable false positive test results. These recalls affected certain lots of the testing kits that have since been pulled from retail shelves. (See Ellume’s site to check for recalls, if you’re not sure.)
Because rapid antigen tests are not currently accepted by Canadian authorities for travel, you can’t use the Ellume Home Test to show that you’re COVID free for travel to, from or within Canada.
If you test positive using the at-home kit, follow the instructions provided. The company recommends contacting your healthcare provider as soon as possible. You can forward your test results to your healthcare provider from the app or your email.
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.
The company also recommends isolating to avoid spreading the virus. Consult Health Canada’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 (also known as a molecular 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%.
You may be able to get free rapid antigen COVID tests for your business or organization from the Government of Canada and some provincial/territorial governments.
Large businesses that qualify for free tests and have 200+ employees will be supplied by the federal government. Businesses that qualify and have 0-199 employees will be supplied by provincial/territorial governments. Registered charities, non-profit and Indigenous organizations will be supplied by the Red Cross.
To apply for free tests, visit the federal government’s website and be prepared to provide the following details:
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