Covid tests They have become an essential weapon to be able to stop the spread of the Omicron variant, which in recent days has triggered the number of infections again and according to experts, the worst is yet to come after the Christmas celebrations.
That is why after returning to activities, thousands of people are eager to have a Covid test in order to rule out any suspicion about a possible contagion after meetings with friends or family.
But this has also caused tests to be scarce in some modules and also, some seek immediate results, so they resort to a home Covid test, which are also being difficult to find in the market.
But if you have been fortunate enough to be able to purchase a test to do it at home, you have to be careful, because there are certain mistakes that people commonly make when practicing them, which will lead us to have an unreliable result, that is, either a false positive or a false negative.
If you want to have an accurate result of your test, here we tell you the most common errors that occur when doing a home test for Covid so that you can take your precautions and thus you can avoid them.
Common mistakes made with home Covid tests
1) Buy more
As has happened with other supplies, there are people who, as a “precaution”, decide to buy various Covid tests to store them at home and thus have them on hand when the emergency occurs.
The problem is that the tests have an expiration date, so if you apply it once it has expired, the chances of them giving an erroneous result are very high, in addition to generating a shortage in the market.
2) Negative result = zero danger
Many people make wrong interpretations of the results, since they believe that by having a negative test, it means that they are free of risks, which is not the case since they could contract it at any time.
3) Do it at any time
You should only apply it when there is a suspicion of sustained disease, that is, you have several symptoms related to the coronavirus or you have been exposed or close to someone who was a carrier of the virus.
4) Skip the symptoms
If you did a home test and it came back negative but you are still experiencing symptoms, it is best to repeat it or complete it with a laboratory test in order to have true results.
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