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Australia approves at home testing antigen tests

After 66.3% of Australians fully vaccinated as of today, The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration(TGA) has approved 5 at home tests for it’s citizens to use. 3 of them are Nasal Swab tests, the rest 2 are Fluid(Saliva) based rapid antigen tests for use from November 1st 2021.

4 tests are from China based Hangzhou Alltest Biotech Co Ltd.

The 1 other is from Korean based SD Biosensor.

Australian ‘At home test’ manufacturer Ellume is surprisingly missing from the current list, hopefully they’re working to be included in their home country.

There isn’t much information about how one goes about acquiring these tests for use, will they be prescription or OTC based? Free? Once we know more details this article will be updated.

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Who are At Home Test Manufacturers?

Who makes ‘At home test’ products?

There are 36 testing products approved by the FDA, out of 36 there are 7 products which are approved for At home testing. Reading the jargon filled literature leaflet that is inside each test is confusing at best, so we have tried to make things simple by creating a table below. Hope you find it educational so you can make better decisions about which test you choose.

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How to get a free or inexpensive Covid 19 test if you are not insured?

No insurance Covid-19 testing

Recently there was an article published by NPR about how a family was changed 54,000 dollars for taking a Covid-19 rapid PCR test during the height of the pandemic. This family had insurance and they were charged this amount, imagine if you don’t have any insurance, what do you do? where do you go?

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COVID Breathalyzers are coming soon

IEEE Spectrum discusses five different types of devices that analyze your breath for Covid-19. Wait time for results range from 30 Seconds to 8 minutes.

Only 1 of the 5 is made by a company in Houston, TX. Which shows the results in 30 seconds.

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At-Home COVID Tests Are Eligible Medical Expenses, the IRS Says

As COVID-19 testing markedly expands under President Biden’s recently announced six-point national strategy, people who use at-home tests may be able to have their out-of-pocket costs covered in full.

  • The costs of home COVID-19 tests are eligible medical expenses, the IRS says, making them reimbursable under FSAs or HSAs and tax-deductible for some taxpayers.
  • To be eligible for a tax deduction, your total unreimbursed medical and dental costs must exceed 7.5% of your income.
  • Demand for at-home tests is surging along with the Delta variant, which has led to supply constraints and calls to ramp up production.

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Why is testing for Covid-19 important?

Certainty, Peace of Mind, Visualization what ever else you want to call it, testing for Covid-19 will provide that. Let’s focus on the three topics.

Certainty for individuals who think they are exposed to Covid-19, be it positive or negative result. Certainty for individuals who think their immune system is so powerful that they will not be affected. Certainty for individuals who believe divinity will help them beat any exposure. If you test often, you can prove your point.

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What are the types of Rapid Test for Covid-19?

Antigen tests

Antigen test by their name mean a procedure to detect or measure specific protein as antigen or antibodies in blood or fluid.

At home antigen test

They are taken by swabbing nasal or throat cavity to detect a specific protein (SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein) that is part of Coronavirus. Some antigen tests use tester’s saliva to detect the protein. This protein is sought in an infected person as it is the most abundant protein that Covid-19 virus carries. Antigen tests tend to be more effective when tested serially, meaning a person has to take the same test (brand/manufacturer) few times in a single week span. Antigen tests work best when you show symptoms of Covid-19.

What are the potential risks and benefits of Antigen testing?

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Accuracy of At-home Covid-19 tests

To date there are 34 At-Home Antigen Diagnostic Tests for SARS-CoV-2 approved by the FDA .  Each with it’s unique attributes on how to achieve a proper diagnostic result and how and where it can be used.

Some go the route of Antigen, some PCR(Polymerase Chain Reaction)-based lab tests, Antigen based tests tend to be rapid tests which give results in matter of 15-30 minutes to an hour, while PCR based take a few days. It all depends on how quick you want the results and what are you willing to pay to get one, as PCR tests tend to run 2x or 3x more than Antigen Rapid Tests.

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COVID-19: How to Use “At Home Test” Kits

We’ve been dealing with this pandemic for over a year and a half, and to some people, COVID-19 testing still feels like a complete mystery. People are still confused about where to find a testing facility, which test they should take, and how quickly they can get results.

A few of us are especially on the lookout for an easier and quicker technique to determine if we are virus-free or not. And administering an at-home COVID-19 test appears to be an extremely convenient option — especially given that some rapid testing methods provide speedy results.

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Benefits And Advantages of Using “At home Test” Products for Covid-19

Covid-19 has hit the world hard. There is a pattern in the period between every pandemic. Every hundred years, a severe pandemic hits the world and creates havoc.

This time, Covid-19 is the name of the pandemic. To date, Covid-19 has proved to be the fatal pandemic that has killed many people and is still counting. Millions of people have already become its victims.

After a year or so of research, and government help few companies started to introduce at home testing kits.

About At-home Test Products

At-home Covid-19 test products allow a person to self-test to make sure whether they have Covid-19 or not. The sole purpose of inventing at-home test products is to make Covid-19 testing more accessible and faster results so that people can start to live their normal lives.