If you're in Hobart and in need of a rapid antigen test for home use, we've got you covered at Clinical Supplies. Our online store offers a range of different rapid antigen testing kits that can accurately detect a COVID-19 infection.
All of the rapid antigen testing kits available on our online stores and website are readily in stock and available at a fair price. To buy a rapid antigen test or RAT at Clinical Supplies, all you have to do is head to our website, place your order, and depending on the availability, we will send the RATs directly to your door.
At Clinical Supplies, we are dedicated to providing people with safe and accurate rapid antigen test kits. So, all the RATs on our site are approved by the Australian Government, Tasmanian Government, and the relevant public health authorities.
Why Use Rapid Antigen Tests
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCR test was considered the primary diagnostic tool for COVID-19. However, due to the impracticality of taking, conducting, and processing a PCR test, the Tasmanian government and public health officials have promoted the use of approved rapid tests.
These rapid tests offer a quick, reliable, and convenient way for people with or without symptoms to test for COVID-19.
Here are some advantages of using rapid tests to screen for COVID-19;
You Can Use Rapid Antigen Tests at Home
When taking a PCR test, people have to go to PCR testing sites or collection points, where public health workers conduct the test and process the results for them. This can be costly and take a while to do, which is why the Tasmanian Government is promoting rapid antigen tests instead.
With these tests, you can do all the testing in the comfort of your own home without going to testing clinics or having a health professional test you for COVID-19.
Rapid Antigen Tests Are More Accessible Than PCR Tests
PCR tests are expensive and largely impractical. Going to PCR testing clinics puts you at risk of exposure and adds to the already high cost of standard PCR tests. However, at Clinical Supplies, we offer a variety of rapid tests at prices you won't find in other stores.
On top of that, we regularly stock up on new supplies, so we can reliably send you RAT kits right to your Darwin doorstep.
Rapid Antigen Tests Offer Fast and Reliable Results
When you undergo a PCR test, you need to wait a couple of hours or even a couple of days depending on the demand for the result. For people living in rural areas in Australia, the wait can be even longer. However, RAT kits can process the results of the antigen test in less than an hour, providing you with instant results on your COVID-19 status.
How to Use Rapid Antigen Tests
To ensure the accuracy of your RAT results, you need to make sure you follow the proper instructions. Most of the RATs on our website come with instructions, so all you need to do is read the information provided to conduct the test.
With that said, most RATs use the same methodology when screening for COVID-19. If you're using RATs to screen for COVID-19 at home, here are the steps to using one;
- Prepare a wide and sanitised testing area
- Once the testing area is established, place the buffer into the tube
- Collect the nasal or saliva sample
- Mix the sample with the buffer
- Drop 3-5 drops of the mixture onto the testing cassette
- Wait for the results
After 15-30 minutes, the results will show on the testing cassette. If you see two lines, that indicates a positive result, and if you see one line, that indicates a negative result.
What to Do if You Test Positive for COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your local health department for further information on what to do. However, symptomatic and asymptomatic patients are required to quarantine and self-isolate, as well as keep a log of their symptoms.
Additionally, you can contact the Australian public health hotline for further assistance on how to quarantine, for how long, and to inform your close contacts that you have tested positive for COVID-19.