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As the Omicron variant causes a surge of COVID-19 cases, those wanting to be safe before traveling for the holidays have struggled to get their hands on at-home rapid tests. With block-wrapping lines at test sites across the nation — worst in big cities like New York and Los Angeles — testing kits have been selling out fast online.
You can still stock up on these convenient rapid testing kits below, but it’s important to keep in mind that although at-home kits can offer up to 85% accuracy, they can’t be used as authorized documentation for travel. See the CDC’s official guidelines for Covid-19 testing here.
i-Health Antigen Rapid Test
This 15-minute rapid test is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and is FDA-authorized for detecting COVID-19, including new strains and variants. Plus, the two-test kit comes with access to their iHealth Test app which offers step-by-step instructions for at-home testing and allows the administrator to track and monitor group results.
DxTerity COVID-19 Saliva At-Home Collection Kit
Like BinaxNOW, DxTerity has been authorized by the FDA for emergency use. The non-invasive kits, which collect a small sample of saliva for detection, is best for those looking to avoid nasal swabs. Although you have to drop off your collection at a laboratory, a PCR test boasts a 99% accuracy rate, so it’s the best way to remain cautious before traveling or gathering with others.
On/Go Rapid Antigen Self-Test (20-Pack)
This is a smart purchase if you want to stock up as rapids continue to sell out fast online. The two-pack option goes for $24.99 but On/Go also offers a 40-pack for $499 to last you throughout the entire season. The FDA-authorized antigen test has a 95% accuracy rate, with results in 10 minutes. Plus, you can track your test history and share your results on the On/Go app.