At Clinical Supplies, we offer safe and approved rapid antigen test kits for anyone in Victoria. We make sure that all the available rapid antigen tests in our stores are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Victorian government for home and personal use.
With a rapid antigen test, you can quickly check on your own or another person's COVID-19 status without paying for an expensive PCR test. Additionally, a COVID-19 rapid antigen test offers results in just a few minutes, making it a great option for anyone looking to self-test.
Our rapid antigen testing tests produce accurate results and you don't need a health professional to administer the test for you. As the coming weeks may show a rise in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, rapid antigen testing kits are a convenient and accessible way to contain the virus.
When Should I Take a Rapid Antigen Test?
If you are curious about your own COVID-19 status or have been exposed to a positive result, then self-tests or a rapid antigen test could offer a convenient way to test your own health and COVID-19 status. Compared to a polymerase chain reaction or PCR test, a rapid antigen test is affordable, easy to use, and can be done at home.
You are an ideal candidate for a COVID-19 rapid antigen test if;
You Are Experiencing COVID Symptoms
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and signs such as a sore throat, cough, fever, headache, or a loss of taste and smell, you may want to take a rapid antigen test.
Rapid antigen testing tests are very accurate and are a great alternative to the traditional PCR test for COVID-19, as they both offer accurate results and can be used at home.
If you're experiencing symptoms and test positive with our rapid antigen test, then it's important to self-isolate and contact the Corona virus hotline as soon as possible. Also, it's recommended to inform a health professional and your close contacts that you tested positive, and they should use a rapid antigen test as soon as possible.
You Have Been Exposed to a Positive Case
If a family member or close contact of yours has tested positive for COVID-19, it's important to immediately isolate. From there, it's recommended to test yourself after a couple of days to check on your own COVID-19 status. Since a PCR test can be expensive and inaccessible, rapid antigen self-tests are the ideal option for most residents.
Travel and Workplace Purposes
For many countries and locations, a negative test result from either a PCR test or rapid antigen test is required upon entry. This is to confirm that an individual or person isn't positive for COVID-19 and will not spread the virus to other people in the country.
Additionally, certain workplaces may also require a rapid antigen test or PCR test result before you may enter the workplace. A negative result indicates that a person doesn't have COVID-19 and will not spread it to other people.
It's important to respect and abide by the rules and regulations of different localities, whether you're travelling within Australia or any other country.
How To Use Rapid Antigen Testing Kits
If you need to take a COVID-19 test at home, it's important to follow the instructions on the testing packet to avoid an invalid result. Rapid antigen tests offer fairly accurate COVID-19 results, but you can enhance the accuracy of the rapid antigen tests by going through the proper procedures as recommended by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the instructions on the rapid antigen tests themselves.
Here are the general steps to using rapid antigen tests on yourself at home;
- Prepare a safe testing area
- Open the rapid antigen tests
- Place the buffer in the tube
- Collect the sample (either saliva or nasal swab)
- Mix the sample with the buffer
- Drop 3-5 drops on the rapid antigen tests cassettes
- Wait 15-30 minutes for the result
If your test gets a positive result for COVID-19, it's crucial to follow the guidelines of your local government. In Australia, all people who test positive for COVID-19 either through rapid antigen tests or through a PCR test are required to self-isolate.
They can also contact the Australia coronavirus hotline for advice on how to properly isolate. Additionally, it's important to note any symptoms you feel or detect while isolating.
Symptoms for COVID-19 can last a week or two depending on the severity of the symptoms.
To avoid getting COVID-19, it's important to practice social distancing and follow the advice of your local health practitioner. Additionally, regularly testing, whether through rapid antigen tests or a PCR test is a great way to learn about your own present health and COVID-19 status.