How do self-test kits work? A rapid antigen self-test is used to detect both asymptomatic and symptomatic COVID-19. Self-Test kits can be bought from your local chemist and online stores. It is available over the counter and does not require a prescription. The self-test is indicated for children as young as two years old when an adult collects samples and for all people 15 and older. The test uses the minimally invasive, more comfortable nasal swab (not the deep nasopharyngeal swab that may cause people some discomfort). An easy-to-use 15-minute test can detect COVID-19 in both symptomatic and asymptomatic people in your own home, on your own time. The test is for self-use when people test themselves twice within three days, with 36 hours between the two tests. The test will be simple, even for people who have never tried it themselves. All needed materials (including a nasal swab and easy-to-follow instructions) are included in the box. The way ahead for self-reliance The simplicity and convenience of the rapid COVID-19 antigen self-test can go a long way to ensure the health and safety of those around you. Since the test works for symptomatic, asymptomatic people as well as the delta-variant, you won't have to wonder or guess as the quick result may offer a sigh of relief (for a negative test) and put you on track for the correct course of action (for a positive test). Following standard protocols like sanitizing, social distancing, regular testing, and vaccinations together are our safest bet to ensure the festivities remain unfettered, and we can get a step closer to restoring everyday life.