Can cold weather affect home COVID-19 tests?


Columbus, Ohio (WCMH) – Americans across the country are starting to receive free COVID-19 home testing kits from the federal government this week.

With another wave of cold weather coming in some states, temperatures could affect the effectiveness of those tests.

“We used one before spending Christmas with the family, so I can see that it is clearly related to the liquid. So what if that is frozen? Dan Reeve, a central Ohio resident who received his test in the mail Monday, asked Dan Reeve. “I think having a few extra on hand isn’t a bad thing.”

The US Postal Service will deliver home testing kits within the next week.

“I went and took the test at the Celeste Center before Thanksgiving, and the tests we received in the mail looked exactly like the ones we were given there.”

While Reeve was working from home, he was notified of the delivery when it arrived. Experts are warning people who may not have a chance to take their test out of the factors.

Dr. Joseph Gastaldo of OhioHealth confirmed: “If the test is performed and the specimen or test is taken from extreme cold or extreme heat, the test results may be less accurate.

What should you do if your tests sit in the mailbox or on your doorstep for hours or even days?

Dr. Gastaldo said: ‘Bring it indoors, before you use it, you want to make sure it’s at room temperature, you have to follow the instructions on the box until the letter.

Dr. Gastaldo explains test kits should be stored between 35 and 85 degrees, and he recommends that people keep their tests in a dry place.

For those who may have symptoms, Gastaldo suggests that they recheck any test abnormalities.

“With any kind of test, if the test results don’t make sense, you really need to do another test to confirm that,” Dr. Gastaldo said.

Tests observed by a connected telehealth monitor are more accurate, and Dr. Gastaldo recommends that anyone with that option use it, especially if this is the first time you’ve done it yourself. perform the test.

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Tom Vazquez

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