No nasal swab is required and you can get your results in less than 72 hours after it lands at the lab.
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When you think of Costco, you might think of the massive carts and aisles, the jumbo packs of toilet paper (#neverforgetMarch2020) and perhaps the ample free samples. You probably don't think of medical tests...until now.

This just in on—and only online, not in stores: You can now buy at-home coronavirus test kits that allow you to be tested for COVID-19 right in your own living room. For $129.99, you can order the basic kit, and for $139.99, you can snag the kit with video observation that allows results to be confirmed about 24 hours earlier.

The flexible spending account-eligible pharmacy items both include a saliva PCR test, rather than a nasal swab test, which are less invasive. The test-maker P23 says that their models are 98% accurate in pinpointing positive cases and 99% accurate for negative ones. To take the test, you simply spit into a tube and send that tube to a testing center in a box (included as part of the kit).

AZOVA provides more information on their website about how the kit works and the steps you'll take once it comes. First, you'll fill out a health assessment and request a lab order in order to get your test kit in the mail. If you order before 10:30 AM MST, your test should come to your house the next day (unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii). Depending on whether you purchased the video walk through, you'll either set that up or independently follow the instructions to collect a saliva sample and mail the kit back. Within 24 to 72 hours of arriving at the lab in Little Rock, Arkansas, you should receive your results online or via an app managed by the digital health company AZOVA.

While hundreds of COVID-19 tests have been submitted for consideration by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used under the Emergency Use Authorization act related to the pandemic, this is one of very few models that have been effective enough to make the cut to receive the FDA's stamp of approval.

As we head into the holiday season and aim to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, ample testing is one of the Dr. Fauci-approved ideas to limit risk. (This is especially important considering about 1 in 5 coronavirus cases are completely asymptomatic, according to the latest research estimates, so people could easily go about their usually daily tasks without realizing they're transferring germs.) Quick and painless tests like this make it easier to do so—as long as you time it right so you don't get infected between the test and the gathering...and have the dough or FSA funds to cover the cost.