We Still Don't Have At-home Testing for the Flu
But COVID-19 has changed the stakes
Most of us are used to a certain routine by now for when we feel sick. If we feel a little feverish, or start coughing, we reach for an at-home testing kit that tells us, with a quick nasal swab and after 15 minutes, whether we have COVID-19 or not. The tests are easy to use, and for now, paid for by insurance if you've got it. If you don't have insurance, you can still get the kits for free from some community health centers.
If the test shows that you are positive, you know to stay home and mask up, and ask your doctor about taking antiviral medications that can minimize the symptoms and keep you from getting seriously ill. If you're a parent and testing your kids, the kits can signal when to keep them at home from school.
It’s a win-win, since knowing your status means you can protect not only yourself but your community by not spreading the virus when you stay home and get treated.
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