Self-tests for COVID-19 give rapid results and can be taken anywhere, regardless of your vaccination status or whether or not you have symptoms.
They detect current infection and are sometimes also called “home tests,” “at-home tests,” or “over-the-counter (OTC) tests.”
They give your result in a few minutes and are different from laboratory-based tests that may take days to return your result.
Self-tests along with vaccination, wearing a well-fitted mask, and physical distancing, help protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19.
Self-tests do not detect antibodies which would suggest a previous infection and they do not measure your level of immunity.