Health Headlines: Where should you store an at-home COVID test and do they expire

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(WTNH) – In today’s Health Headlines, do at-home rapid test kits expire and where should you store them? Also, who in your house should use one?

Dr. Sheldon Campbell, a pathologist with Yale Medicine and professor of laboratory medicine at Yale, is discussing these topics if you are lucky enough to get an at-home test.

Campbell advises that you read the directions for the test kit, which should say to store the rapid tests at room temperature.

“They don’t like to freeze and thaw so it’s easy for that to happen if you leave them in your car in this weather,” Campbell said. “Mostly, leave them in your house.”

Campbell also said the kits should not be stored in high temperatures. He said to pay attention to expiration dates too.

“The only thing worse than a test you don’t have at all is a test that lies to you, so you don’t want to use an expired test,” Campbell said.

He provided advice on when to use the at-home tests as well.

“Use them before your riskiest contact, before you go to visit the most vulnerable person in your life or before you go to a large event that you really need to go to,” Campbell said.

WEB EXTRA: Yale Medicine pathologist Dr. Sheldon Campbell discusses at-home COVID rapid test kits

Scammers are busy profiting online so you will want to make sure you get an FDA-approved at-home test.

To determine whether a test is authorized by the FDA, you can search the name on the site’s antigen diagnostic tests page for rapid tests or the molecular diagnostic tests page for PCR test options.

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