At the height of the pandemic, millions of people used this simple-to-use lateral flow test at home to check for Covid.
A positive test result means you can take any necessary steps to isolate yourself from vulnerable friends or relatives who may still be shielding from the virus.
In addition, if you have been tested positive, this might be critical for you to know in order to have a better understanding of your own medical condition.
It is worth remembering that there is also the possibility that the coronavirus becomes an important global concern once more.
Having a supply of test kits at home may be comforting – especially given how difficult it was to purchase them at certain points during the height of the pandemic.
Self-testing is quick and easy and a negative test result can help to provide you with peace of mind.
Our FlowFlex-branded COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test Kit contains everything you need to take a nasal swab and test it immediately. There is no requirement to send off the sample to a laboratory.
Inside the box you will find:
25 x Individually packaged test cassettes
25 x Individually packaged swabs
25 x Individually packaged prefilled-tubes
1 x Workstation
1 x Instructions for use
This FlowFlex test kit is designed to be used by anyone who needs or wants to know if they currently have the coronavirus or not.
It may be important to self test, for example, if you plan on visiting vulnerable friends or relatives who are still taking precautions to shield themselves from the virus.
Many people with a weakened immune system are still taking steps to avoid contact with people who may have the virus. Reliable rapid lateral flow tests like the ones made by FlowFlex will show you in a matter of minutes whether or not the virus has been detected in your nasal swab.
Gathering and testing your sample
Wash your hands and dry them. Open the pouch and lay the testing cassette on a clean, flat surface. Familiarise yourself with the result window and the sample well – the two small openings on the test cassette.
Remove and discard the foil from the top of the extraction buffer tube and place the tube in the cardboard tube holder.
Open the swab packaging (do not touch the swab tip) and insert the entire absorbent tip of the swab into one nostril. It needs to be inserted between 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch (this may be reduced to 1/2 an inch for children). Now firmly rub and twist the swab around the inside wall of the nostril five times. Take around 15 seconds to do this so that you increase your chances of receiving a thorough sample.
Now repeat this with the other nostril.
Remove the test swab from the nostril and place it into the extraction buffer tube. Swirl the stick between your fingers for around 30 seconds – keeping the tip of the swab in the buffer tube’s liquid at all times.
Now rotate the swab 5 times while squeezing the tube – this helps to ensure the best extraction from your nasal swab. The swab can now be thrown in the bin.
Attach the dropper tip firmly to the top of the tube. Mix the liquid thoroughly by swirling or flicking the bottom of the tube.
Gently squeeze the tube and dispense four drops of solution onto the sample well of the test cassette. Do NOT dispense the solution onto the result window.
Start a timer and read the result on the test cassette after 15 minutes. Do not read after 30 minutes.
The global pandemic is fast becoming a distant memory for some people, but not for others, such as those who have weakened immune systems and who continue to shield from the virus. Experts also warn that the virus could still pose a threat for years to come.
In February 2023, Harvard University’s School of Public Health wrote that COVID is still killing people every day. In fact, the WHO only recently suggested that the world could finally start to exit the emergency phase of the pandemic.
To date, there have been 757 million recorded cases of the virus and almost 7 million deaths. Many people are also reported to be living with ‘long covid’, which comes with a wide variety of debilitating symptoms.
Older adults and those with a weakened immune system remain at a greater risk of developing more severe symptoms.
Even as late as March 2023, some governments were advising older people to keep a safe distance from people they don’t live with and encouraging them to use face masks when out in public.