What is a Rapid Antigen Covid Test
The iHealth ® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test is a lateral flow test for detecting the nucleocapsid protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 in a qualitative manner.
Self-collected anterior nasal swab samples from patients aged 15 years or older with symptoms of COVID-19 within the first 7 days of symptom onset are permitted for non-prescription home usage with this test.
Adult-collected anterior nasal (nares) swab samples from patients aged 2 years and older with COVID-19 symptoms within the first 7 days of symptom onset are also permitted for non-prescription home usage with this test.
SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 are not distinguishable using the iHealth Antigen Rapid Test.
The iHealth ® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test is authorized for non-prescription self-use and/or testing another individual aged 2 years or older by an adult lay user. The iHealth® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test is only for use under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization.
The lateral flow immunoassay technology is used in the iHealth® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test.
This assay enables for the quick detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein.
To begin the test, a self-collected anterior nares swab sample in adults aged 15 and older or a swab collected by a parent or guardian in individuals aged 2 to 14 is put into the Tube. The liquid in the tube interacts with the specimen, allowing the right viral antigens to be exposed to the test antibodies.
The liquid in the tube now containing the specimen is poured into the COVID-19 Test Card’s Sample Port.
A pink-to-purple T Line, as well as a pink-to-purple C Line, will appear on the COVID-19 Test Card if the extracted specimen includes SARS-CoV-2 antigens, indicating a positive result. Only a pink-to-purple C Line will show if SARS-CoV-2 antigens are not detected, or are present at very low levels.
Test Result Explanation
Reading the Results
Conditions of Storage
Keep the iHealth ® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test between 36 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (2 and 30 degrees Celsius) in a dry place. Before using, make sure all test components are at room temperature, between 65 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (18 and 30 degrees Celsius). The COVID-19 Test Card should be used within 1 hour of opening the foil pouch. Before the expiration date on the box, the iHealth® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test is stable.
Control of Quality
The device’s “control line (c)” contains a procedural internal control that is utilized to confirm that the applied specimen has moved well into the device.
It is coated with goat anti-rabbit IgG, and when the sample is introduced, a red colored line should appear.
What is the iHealth® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test and how does it work?
The COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test from iHealth is an antigen test.
When COVID-19 is present in the body, the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be found in nasal secretions (the virus that causes COVID-19).
The iHealth ® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test can detect microscopic components of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in your nasal secretions, known as N protein or antigens.
Do I have to wait 15 minutes to find out the outcome?
Yes. Do not validate your result until your 15-minute timer has expired after inserting the sample to the sample port. The positive indicating line could take up to 15 minutes to show, therefore if you don’t wait that long, you might get an inaccurate result (false negative).
Do I have to run two tests every time?
You can utilize one single test of the iHealth® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test if you have COVID-19 symptoms and are within the first 7 days of symptom onset. If you want, you can run two tests at the same time.
COVID-19 can be detected more immediately and the spread of infection can be reduced if you test more regularly.
If you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms or if you’ve had them for more than 7 days, you’ll need to do two tests spread out over two or three days, with at least 24 hours and no more than 48 hours between them.
Will the test hurt?
The nasal swab is not sharp, and it should not cause any discomfort. The swab can be a little uncomfortable or tickly at times.
If you experience any discomfort, please discontinue the test and seek medical help.
Is it possible to reuse the iHealth® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test?
No, the iHealth® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit’s components are not reusable and must be used just once.
How far should I insert the Nasal Swab?
Gently push the entire absorbent tip of the swab into your nostril (typically 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch).
When swabbing a child’s nostril, the greatest depth of insertion may be less than 34 of an inch, and you may require a second person to hold the child’s head while you swab.
How much liquid should I squeeze into the Test Card's sample port?