Could home COVID-19 testing make holiday gatherings safer?
Yes, combined with vaccination, home testing kits for COVID-19 can add an extra level of safety and reassurance by delivering results on the spot during this second year of pandemic vacations.
“We’ll use rapid tests to double-check everyone before we get together,” said Dr. Emily Volk, president of the College of American Pathologists, who plans a holiday meal with six vaccinated family members. “We’ll do it when they come in.”
Home kits aren’t as accurate as the PCR tests done in hospitals and test sites, Volk says. But they have the advantage of giving results in minutes instead of days.