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Where to buy Cue at-home COVID test kits

Screen your symptoms with this at-home molecular test that boasts accurate results.

Cue is an at-home molecular COVID test kit that boasts accurate results similar to what you’d get from a PCR test. It’s easy to use, and results are ready within 25 minutes.

But get ready to dig deep to buy a Cue kit. It costs $225 for each test cartridge and another $249 for the test reader. There are also packages of 10 cartridges available for $949.

At a glance

  • Ages 2+
  • Test with or without symptoms
  • Results delivered to your device in 25 minutes

Where to buy Cue tests

Purchase Cue at-home COVID-19 tests directly from the brand’s website. While some online stores like Amazon list Cue test kits, many are out of stock online. Check back frequently, however, as availability fluctuates quickly.

How it works

The Cue at-home test is COVID testing simplified.

  1. Remove all packaging from the testing equipment and insert the cartridge into the Cue reader.
  2. Use the wand to collect your sample by swabbing the inside wall of both nostrils using a circular motion.
  3. Insert the wand into the cartridge. In about 25 minutes, you’ll receive your results on your mobile device.

The mobile app is compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

What’s included in the test

Included in the Cue package are three items:

  1. A single-use COVID-19 cartridge.
  2. A Cue wand for swabbing.
  3. A Cue reader to analyze your sample.

There are no solution-filled tubes to mix, and all equipment is self-contained. Each test kit includes three testing cartridges with each reader.

How Cue compares to other at-home tests

Cue at-home tests kits are unlike many other self-administered COVID tests. First, there’s no messy cleanup as it’s all self-contained with no solution to mix.

Plus, Cue is a molecular test, similar to a PCR. In an independent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, Cue’s molecular test matched central lab results with 97.8% accuracy.

But the price point is at the high end for an at-home test. While the Cue kit rings in at hundreds of dollars, the FlowFlex testing kit retails for $10 each.

What the FDA and CDC say about Cue

Cue’s COVID-19 test is Emergency Use Authorized (EUA) by the FDA for both professional use at point-of-care and at-home use. It was the first authorized molecular diagnostic test available to consumers without a prescription.

An FDA study comparing the Cue at-home test to a PCR laboratory-based test found the Cue test to be “97.4% agreement for positive cases and 99.1% agreement for negative cases.”

For proof of negative test results, Cue offers a subscription to access supervised tests for travel or to return to work or school. These are CDC-compliant.

What to do if you test positive

If you test positive for COVID, contact your primary healthcare professional and follow current CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine.

The company recommends self-isolating to help stop the spread of the virus and to tell your healthcare provider what symptoms you are currently experiencing.

About at-home COVID tests

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%.

For more information, check out our COVID at-home test page.

How to get a free at-home COVID test

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:

  • Reimbursement of the cost of at-home test kits for those covered by private health insurance.
  • Free at-home tests through community and testing sites, including health clinics and centers across the US.
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