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Rapid antigen tests - frequently asked questions


What are rapid antigen tests?

Please see our article here for more information.

What is the difference between a saliva and a nasal swab test?

Please refer to the test manufacturer for more information. This information varies from test to test. 

The nasal test is administered through a nasal swab (a swab inside the nose). The saliva test involves a swab inside the mouth.

Why would I use a rapid antigen test?

Please see our article here for more information.

Can these tests be used for children?

Please refer to the test manufacturer for more information. Tests are typically suitable for children. 

How long do test results usually take?

Test result times can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The typical result time is within 15 to 30 minutes. 

Please refer to the test manufacturer for more information. 

How often should these tests be used?

This will depend on your individual circumstances.

Daily testing is the gold standard for high-risk workplaces, as this will help to identify positive cases early and avoid transmission on-site. Please refer to your employer or GP for more individual guidance on this. 

How do I use the test?

Please refer to the test manufacturer for more information. This information varies from test to test. 

How accurate are these tests?

Rapid antigen tests are not as accurate as the standard test (PCR).

We cannot provide a general response here, as each test has its own data and information. Please refer to the manufacturer for more information

What should I do if I get a positive result?

Positive test results or symptomatic persons require immediate confirmatory testing with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Please ensure you follow all Australian government public health orders, such as wearing face masks, social distancing and good hygiene practice must be maintained. 

What should I do if I get a negative result?

Negative test results do not exclude infection with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Please ensure you follow all Australian government public health orders, such as wearing face masks, social distancing and good hygiene practice must be maintained. 

Why do I need to fast before a saliva test?

Please refer to the test manufacturer for more information. This information varies from test to test. 

How long do the tests last? What is the expiry date

Please refer to the test manufacturer for more information.

Hough Pharma SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit Nasal Swab - minimum of 12 months from manufacture. 

How do I store the tests?

Please refer to the test manufacturer for more information.

Hough Pharma SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit Nasal Swab - The test can be stored at 2℃-30℃ for 12 months from the date of manufacture. Do not store in direct sunlight. Do not use the kit after the date of expiration indicated on the package.