Are there COVID-19 tests that can be done by everyone in their home to know 1) if they are infected with the virus and 2) if they have been infected with the virus?


Unlike for antibiotic resistant bacteria, home based tests are nearing general release to detect either the virus or antibodies to it. A number of tests are being evaluated to detect active viral infection using saliva rather than swab samples. Antibody detection tests to see if you have antibodies against the virus will also soon be available. These will require a pin prick of blood which is placed on the device and lets you know if you have antibodies. We do not yet know if you have antibodies that you will be immune to viral infection.

Category: COVID-19