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- Ages 2+
- Requires two tests within 24 to 48 hours
- Accurate within 6 days of symptom onset or for those without symptoms
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The Quidel QuickVue at-home antigen rapid COVID test offers a fast, minimally invasive test with results in about 10 minutes. Yet, for conclusive results, you must test yourself twice over three days.
QuickVue at-home rapid COVID tests are currently available in some local retailers and pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. Check with your local store to see if QuickVue tests are available near you. Note that stock fluctuates frequently.
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
Bulk QuickVue tests available online.
GRJ Health carries iHealth, QuickVue, BinaxNow and other rapid COVID test kit brands. QuickVue tests are currently in-stock in bulk options.
The QuickVue self-test is similar to other at-home kits. You swab both nostrils, then insert the swabs into a testing solution. After about a minute, you throw away the swabs and insert a test strip into the tube. Final results are available in 10 minutes.
Your test card will show either:
Watch Quidel’s QuickVue instructional video
Each QuickVue rapid COVID test includes:
Most retailers allow you to purchase single tests and packages of 2, 10 or 25 tests.
Unlike Ellume and FlowFlex test kits, you must take two QuickVue rapid tests within 24 to 48 hours of each other for accurate results. But you won’t need to download an app or use a device to receive your results, as required by Ellume.
Like the majority of at-home rapid tests for COVID-19, FlowFlex is an antigen test, which looks 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 authorized the Quidel QuickVue at-home COVID test for emergency use in March 2021. Emergency use allows companies to bring their products to market faster in unusual circumstances, such as during a pandemic.
Results are most accurate when the test is taken three to five days after COVID exposure. The FDA requires the majority of at-home kits like QuickVue to test more than once, usually 24 to 48 hours apart — a practice called “serial testing.” This practice helps to control for false negative results in asymptomatic people with COVID-19.
The QuickVue test does not meet the CDC’s travel requirements for testing.
If you test positive after either of the Quidel QuickVue tests, contact your primary healthcare provider or your nearest public health department. Assume that you are positive and contagious until further guidance from a medical professional.
Consult the CDC’s guidelines on exposure and quarantine for further 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.
At-home COVID tests are handy tools when used in conjunction with social distancing, frequent sanitizing, regular mask-wearing and vaccinating against the virus and its variants.
Rapid tests are most accurate for those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. While false-positive rates are 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 were expanding access to free at-home testing regardless of health insurance status.
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