The BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 test is a lateral flow test that detects the presence of protein antigens from SARS-CoV-2 in individuals suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first seven days of symptom onset. This diagnostic test does not require any instrumentation to test the specimen and instead determines a COVID-19 negative or positive result using a test card.
This test is best used as a diagnostic test on persons that are symptomatic or symptomatic and it has been 5 – 7 days since their exposure.
• For diagnostic purposes, persons should not be tested with the BinaxNOW card if it has been over seven days since their onset of symptoms; instead testing with a molecular assay (PCR) is recommended.
• This test can also be used for the regular, ongoing screening and testing of asymptomatic and unexposed groups of people for early detection ofdisease.
• There is a higher chance of false positives when used for this purpose so a positive patient should have anasopharyngeal swab collected within 48 hours and test via regular workflow PCR for confirmation.
Please be prepared to blow your nose when you arrive by bringing a tissue. We will need you to do so before administering the test. Please read the Patient Fact Sheet.