Rapid antigen tests offer an accessible, affordable, and convenient way to screen for COVID-19.
And at Clinical Supplies, we offer a variety of Therapeutic Goods Administration-approved COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and deliver anywhere in Australia.
So, whether you need rapid antigen testing kits in South Australia or in the Northern Territory, we've got you covered.
On our website, you can access rapid antigen tests that are all approved by the Australian government and Therapeutic Goods Administration for home use. All our rapid antigen tests are reliable, accurate, and offer results fast.
So, whether you're a close contact with a positive case, or you're looking for rapid tests so that you can check your COVID-19 status at home whenever you need, we've got you covered.
When to Use Rapid Antigen Tests
Since rapid antigen tests are more affordable and convenient than PCR tests, they are the go-to way for screening for COVID-19 in South Australians.
The Australian government has removed the PCR testing requirement for people entering the country and replaced it with antigen tests as they are cheaper and more reliable screening tools for COVID-19.
Here are some instances where you may need to use rapid antigen tests, also known as rapid tests and RAT tests.
If You Develop COVID-19 Symptoms
Anyone in Australia who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested as soon as possible. However, since getting a PCR test can be expensive and potentially expose you to other people, you may opt for a rapid antigen test instead.
With a rapid antigen test, you can screen yourself for COVID-19 without the help of a health professional or going to a testing clinic.
If You've Been in Close Contact With a Positive Case
If you have recently hung out with people who test positive for COVID-19, there may be a chance that you have contracted the virus yourself.
If any of your close contacts test positive for COVID-19, whether, through a rapid antigen test or PCR test, it's important to test yourself with a rapid antigen testing kit as soon as possible.
Work or Travel
Certain workplaces with high-risk levels such as aged-care facilities, hospitals, and other establishments may require employees to get tested, especially if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.
Using a RAT test, or rapid antigen test, instead of a PCR test allows you to test yourself without having to go to a testing site.
A positive result and negative result from rapid tests are considered valid and will allow you entry to most locations and establishments that have testing requirements.
How to Use Rapid Antigen Tests
The accuracy of rapid antigen tests largely depends on how you use them. To avoid an invalid result or a false negative or positive result, it's important to go through the proper procedure.
Most rapid antigen tests use the same methodology for self-testing. With that said, it's still recommended to look at the instructions of each individual rapid antigen test to avoid making mistakes.
Here are the steps for self-testing using RAT kits or a rapid antigen test;
Test yourself in a sanitised and safe space
- Place the buffer in the tube
- Collect the nasal or saliva sample
- Mix the sample with the buffer for 15 seconds
- Place 3-5 drops of the mixture on the testing cassette
- Wait 15-30 minutes for the result
Whether testing yourself or another person, it's important to wait at least 30 minutes before concluding the test as it can take that long for the test to show a positive result.
If you or a person you know tests positive for COVID-19, it's important to isolate as soon as possible. Additionally, inform any other potential close contacts that you are positive and that they need to test themselves as soon as possible as well.
After testing positive with rapid antigen tests, the government of Australia no longer requires you to take an additional RT-PCR test. But it's important to contact the relevant health department to inform them of your status right away.
If you develop symptoms for COVID-19 after testing positive, contact the Australia coronavirus hotline or reach out to a health professional for further advice.
Buy Your RAT Kits at Clinical Supplies
At the clinical supplies online store, we offer a variety of approved rapid antigen tests that you can use to test yourself and the people around you. We make accessing rapid antigen tests easy, and with a steady supply, you can always purchase rapid antigen tests at any one of our stores.
With our tests, say goodbye to testing sites, long waitlists, and high prices, as we ensure all our customers that our RAT tests are available at a fair price and offer accurate results.