As we continue to see new variants arise and the holiday season is approaching making sure our loved ones stay healthy should be everyone’s top priority. There are still ways you can get together with your friends and family while staying safe. The first thing would be getting fully vaccinated. Other ways to keep safe if you are not vaccinated or fully vaccinated are at-home test kits. These kits, sold at pharmacies and other retailers like Walmart and grocery stores, can be broken down into two groups: at-home collection kits, and at-home testing kits.
Collection kits allow people to collect a sample, such as saliva or a nasal swab, at home, but you have to send that sample to a predetermined lab in order to get results.
At-home testing kits let you swab your nose and then smear the swab on a pre-treated card to which you add a provided solution. The results, like those of a pregnancy test, appear in a few minutes.
With more opportunities for people to interact in public settings where the virus can spread, it’s never been more important to know who is infected and potentially seeding new COVID-19 infections, and who is not. Call your local pharmacy and check if they carry the at-home tests or where you can find one. For more COVID updates please visit: https://www.rockfordha.org/calendar/covid-19-resources/