If you’ve stopped into a drug store recently, or even a big box store like Walmart or Target- there’s a good chance you’ve seen DIY coronavirus test kits.
Stores like CVS, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and others are selling these kits, which allow individuals to test themselves, or family members for COVID-19 without heading to the doctor’s office or a test site.
These tests have become a popular option among those who do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but do want to go to large events- whether it be a wedding or arena.
A negative test or proof of vaccination are the two forms of ‘proof’ that New York State says are allowable for large-scale events, whether it be a Bills game, or wedding with a couple hundred people present.
So, will it pass as an ‘official’ test?
News10NBC posed this question to Dr. Mike Mendoza, who is part of the Finger Lakes region’s control room leadership team. “We anticipate guidance from them on whether any of these at-home tests would be considered acceptable for entrance into a wedding or another large event,” he said.
Reporting results accurately to local health departments so that contact tracing can take place is crucial. As for the tests themselves, they are generally solid.
“Some of the home test kits are the same made available to the schools and in use right now at the community testing site so we know the technology is good,” Dr. Mendoza added. “We also know there’s some level of user factor here making sure people know how to administer the test appropriately.”
These tests typically cost between $20 and $40 per kit.