In a Nutshell
- Discounts for multiple test kits
- Includes telehealth consultation
- Results within 15 minutes
- Somewhat expensive
- Shipping costs extra
COVID Instant Test At a Glance
Why Go With COVID Instant Test
COVID Instant Test is a simple online solution to get tested for COVID-19 antibodies. The company’s test kits can determine whether you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past or whether you may have a current infection. While the test requires a small blood sample, which is more invasive than a nasal swab, COVID Instant Test’s kit can be used at home and you get results within 15 minutes.
Another benefit to COVID Instant Test is that every test comes with a 15-minute telehealth consultation. So, a health professional can guide you through the process of taking a blood sample, loading the testing kit, and interpreting your test results.
What it Tests For
COVID Instant Test offers an FDA-approved test kit that determines the presence of both IgG and IgM antibodies in your blood. The presence of IgG antibodies indicates that you have been infected with COVID-19 in the past (within the last 1-12 months). The presence of IgM antibodies indicates that you may currently be infected with COVID-19.
How it Works
You can order an antibody test from COVID Instant Test online. The test kit arrives at your home in 1-3 business days, at which point you can take it immediately. The entire test takes place at home and results are available in 15 minutes.
If you want to use the included telehealth consultation, you do not need to schedule an appointment ahead of time.
What’s in the Box?
Inside the test kit, you’ll find
- Privacy and health forms
- Alcohol swab
- Finger sticks
- Sharps container
- Blood collection dropper
- Test plate
There is no screening process required to order an antibody test kit from COVID Instant Test.
You will need to collect a small blood sample (about one drop of blood) from your finger. Use the included alcohol swab to sterilize one fingertip, then use the finger stick to poke a small hole through your skin. The test kit comes with multiple finger sticks in case you cannot get blood on the first try.
Once a drop of blood appears on your fingertip, use the dropper to collect it. Then place one drop of blood on the test plate, followed by 2 drops of the included buffer solution.
If you need help with the collection process, your test kit includes a free telehealth consultation.
How Long for Results?
Once you place blood and buffer on the test plate, lines indicating your results will appear within 15 minutes.
Your test results are indicated by lines that appear on the test plate. The plate is marked to indicate where the lines representing IgG and IgM antibodies, respectively, will appear, along with a control line. You should see a line marking the control, but then you may see 0, 1, or 2 lines indicating what COVID-19 antibodies you have.
The test kit instructions have illustrations to help you interpret your test results. You can also show your test results to the provider during your telehealth video call for assistance with interpretation.
COVID Instant Test does not offer any follow-up support once you have taken your test and ended your telehealth session.
One antibody test kit from COVID Instant Test costs $97. You can get a discount if you order multiple test kits, such as for multiple members of your family. Two test kits cost $175, and 5 kits cost $437. Test kits (including multi-packs) include one 15-minute telehealth session.
The kit pricing does not include the cost of FedEx shipping. Rates vary based on your location, but expect around $25 for 3-day shipping or $75 for overnight shipping.
COVID Instant Test reports results to state and federal health authorities, in line with regulations. Your personal information, including your name and address, are not included in this reporting. Note that COVID Instant Test is not bound by HIPAA regulations and may share your information for business purposes.
You can contact COVID Instant Test’s customer support by phone or email during weekday business hours. The company has a basic set of FAQs on the website to help you decide if its antibody test kit is right for you.
COVID Instant Test offers at-home testing kits that detect the presence of IgG and IgM antibodies in your bloodstream. This test kit can help you determine whether you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past or whether you have a current infection. You can take the test at home with guidance from a medical professional via video conference, and results are available in 15 minutes.