COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kits
The FDA authorized Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit will be available for individual purchase by the end of the month. Sign up to receive updates. Supplies will be limited to start, but we will be increasing our capacity weekly.
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If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pains, seek medical attention right away.
COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit
The test taker must be 18+.
Due to state restrictions, tests not permitted for use in NJ, NY, RI.
Promotions and discounts do not apply.
Who Should Get Tested?
- Individuals (18+) who may have been exposed to COVID-19 through:
- Living or working in a place where people reside, meet or gather in close proximity (office buildings, schools, healthcare facilities, etc.)
- Close contact (within 6 ft) with someone who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19
- Individuals (18+) who are experiencing mild symptoms including:
- A fever between 100.4 degrees F and 102 degrees F
- Flu-like symptoms (chills, runny or stuffy nose, whole body aches, a headache, and/or feeling tired)
- A new loss of taste or smell
- A new or worsening cough or sore throat
- Shortness of breath that is not limiting ability to speak
- SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home
- Restrict any activities outside your home, except for getting medical care
- Avoid public areas, including work and school
- Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis
- If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw away used tissues
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Wash your hands especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, or before eating or preparing food
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and other people with unwashed hands
- Do not share dishes, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets
- After using personal items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water
- Clean high touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables
- Clean any surfaces that may come in contact with body fluids, blood, or stool
- Use a household cleaning spray or wipes
- Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have body fluids, blood, or stool on them
The below information is for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers of a person who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who do not have symptoms, but who may have been exposed.
Monitor your health
- Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath)
- Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible
- Use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible
- Limit visitors who do not need to be in the home
- Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good airflow and ventilation
- Help the patient follow their healthcare provider’s instructions
- Help the patient with basic needs in the home, such as getting groceries, prescriptions, and other personal needs
- Help care for any pets in the home
- Monitor the patient’s symptoms
- If the patient is getting sicker, help them seek medical attention
- The patient should wear a facemask when they are around other people
- If the patient is not able to wear a facemask, you should wear a mask when you are in the same room as them
- Wear a disposable facemask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the patient’s body fluids, such as saliva, mucus, blood, stool, vomit, or urine
- Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body
- Throw out disposable face masks and gloves after using and do not reuse them
- Wash hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer after removing gloves, and again after removing face masks
Discuss any additional questions with your healthcare provider or a local/state health department official.
- Severe trouble breathing (such as being unable to talk without gasping for air)
- Continuous pain or pressure in your chest
- Feeling confused or having difficulty waking up
- Blue-colored lips or face
- Any other emergency signs or symptoms
- Tell any healthcare provider that you may have COVID-19
- Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis
- Put on a facemask before you enter any healthcare facility
Your healthcare provider can help you determine whether monitoring your condition from home or a hospital is most appropriate for you. This decision will be made on a case-by-case basis and will likely be based on several factors including your medical history and current symptoms.
If you and your healthcare provider determine that you will monitor your condition from home, ask if they recommend over-the-counter medications, and be sure to rest, hydrate, and eat a balanced diet as best you can.
At this time, there is no vaccine or antiviral drugs approved by the FDA to prevent or treat patients with COVID-19.
The criteria prioritizes people who are:
- Currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath
- Think you may have been exposed to COVID-19
If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, seek medical attention right away. The CDC recommends calling your healthcare provider or facility to let them know that you may have COVID-19 which will help them to take steps to keep others from being exposed.
At this time we are only able to offer testing for those 18 years and older. Please see our FAQ here.
- Currently have severe symptoms that limit your daily activities. Seek medical attention right away if this is the case.
- Do not have symptoms and have not been exposed to COVID-19.
In order to get your sample to our labs as quickly as possible, we provide a prepaid overnight mailer. Results will be available 1-3 business days after shipping your sample (not including weekends). You can find more information about the process here.
While we have done everything we can to make the process as quick and easy as possible, please keep in mind that shipping times have been unpredictable recently. If you are concerned that your schedule is too tight to allow for unforeseen delays, we recommend that you check your local government’s website for other testing resources.
You will use the provided materials to collect a nasal swab sample. The swab tip does not need to be inserted far - only about an inch into your nostril.
In order to get your sample to our labs as quickly as possible, we provide a prepaid overnight mailer. Check your return label to determine if your package will be shipped via FedEx or UPS.
YOUR SAMPLE WILL BE REJECTED IF YOU:
- Fail to put the swab in the tube with the liquid
- Fail to put the sealed tube in the biohazard bag
- Drop off in a FedEx or UPS box on Saturday or Sunday, or after the last pickup of the day
- Schedule a FedEx or UPS pickup or drop your sample at an FedEx or UPS office location rather than a drop box
Your digital results will be available within 24-48 hours of the lab receiving your sample.
You can find more information on our blog as well as safety tips for COVID-19 prevention and treatment.
We are the leader in teaching people how to collect finger-prick blood, stool and other swab samples. We try to make sample collection as simple and straightforward as possible through printed instructions in your kit, as well as digital and video instructions at everlywell.com/collect and provided via email. Our customer care staff is available if you have any questions.
We recommend that our customers take precautionary measures when collecting their sample by washing their hands thoroughly, disinfecting surfaces where they will be completing their test and using the provided alcohol prep pad to disinfect the shipping sleeve before placing your sample in the mail (though be sure to not wipe the shipping label which could impact legibility).
Individuals with positive results will be offered a telehealth consult with an independent board-certified physician.
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result). Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results along with medical history, and your symptoms.
Treatment includes managing symptoms and limiting your exposure to other people to protect from spread of disease.
Your results will be reported to state public health authorities to help inform the crucial ongoing public health response.
In certain cases, you may not receive a definitive result because of early infection or inadequate sampling. If this happens you will be contacted directly by a doctor to help you with planning your next steps.
The test can sometimes show a negative result even if you are infected SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This can happen if:
- It is too early in infection for the test to detect the virus.
- There was a problem with your sample or the test itself. A false negative result on this test may be more likely to occur if your sample was not shipped back to our lab the same day it was collected.
- If your results are negative and you’re having symptoms, continue to follow isolation precautions and ask your healthcare provider if you need further testing.
- If your results are negative and you don’t have any symptoms, continue to monitor for any symptoms up to 14 days after your last possible exposure.
Once your test is completed, Everlywell will provide an itemized receipt that will contain the information you will need to apply for reimbursement directly from your health insurance provider. Learn more about reimbursement and read the federal guidelines here.