COVID-19 Test (At-Home Kit)
We'll send you an at-home kit to collect your nasal swab sample and ship it back to our lab. Our lab will test your sample for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (also called COVID-19), a respiratory illness.
7/26 update: The average time to deliver results is currently 2-3 days from when your sample is received at the lab. Our labs process samples seven days a week.
Please note this test does not detect antibodies or immunity; it is designed to determine active infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. For more information on antibody testing visit LabCorp.com.
No upfront cost.
We’ll bill your insurance for the test. If you don’t have insurance, we’ll handle that, too, through public funding. All we ask is that you use and return the kit you request for testing, since inventory is limited.
How It Works
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
The symptoms of confirmed COVID-19 can range from mild to severe. Some people who are infected don’t have any symptoms and don’t feel sick. Most people have mild symptoms.
- Fever (>100.4 F)
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Other less common symptoms may include:
- Body or muscle aches
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
If you feel that you are seriously ill, please seek immediate medical care from a healthcare professional. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Signs of a serious medical condition include, but are not limited to: severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
What Will My Results Tell Me?
Your test results will confirm whether or not you are infected with SARS-CoV-2. If your results are positive, it is important to limit your exposure to other people and continue to monitor your symptoms. If your results are negative, the virus was not present in the sample you provided. However, it is important to note that the virus may not be detected by the test in early stages of infection. Furthermore, the virus may not be detected if the sample is not collected as directed. If you have reason to believe you have been exposed, it is important to follow up with a healthcare provider for further evaluation or to get re-tested.
After receiving your results, you will have the opportunity to speak with a licensed physician who can answer any questions you may have about your test results and help determine next steps in care.
How is COVID-19 Treated?
There is currently no treatment for COVID-19. Not all patients with COVID-19 will require medical attention, and most people recover within 2 weeks without any specific treatment. For severe cases, hospitalization and respiratory support may be required. Treatment for mild cases currently focuses on managing symptoms.
Who Should Get Tested?
This test may be helpful if you:
- Currently have severe symptoms of COVID-19
- Currently have respiratory symptoms and live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19
- Have been in close contact* with a person known to have COVID-19
- Think you have been exposed to COVID-19
*Close contact includes being within 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with the fluids of someone with COVID-19 (such as being coughed on).
This test may not be helpful if you:
- Currently have symptoms that limit your daily activities. Seek medical attention right away if this is the case
- Do not have symptoms and have not been exposed to COVID-19
- Do not have symptoms and have not been exposed to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Note: If you are a healthcare professional who believes you have been directly exposed while at work by a patient, you should consult your place of work for specific occupational health guidance about testing, whether you should stay home or continue working, and when you should return to work. You should follow the testing recommendations set forth by your employer or the Department of Health, as they may differ from the CDC’s guidelines.
Severe cases may require hospitalization. Severe cases are more likely to occur in:
- Older adults (above 60 years in age)
- Pregnant women
- Those with weakened immune systems (including pregnant women)
- Or those with underlying health issues (such as lung disease, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, cancer, transplant, and AIDS).
- However, serious disease can also occur in younger adults.
COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Infection with the virus can range from being asymptomatic to life-threatening respiratory illness. Infection has been detected globally and in all 50 states. Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.
COVID-19 can present with severe illness in individuals of any age and without any previous health problems, but the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Having underlying medical conditions may also increase one’s risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Conditions and other risk factors that may be associated with severe illness and death are listed below.
If you have any symptoms concerning for COVID-19 and any of the following conditions or risk factors, which may put you at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, you should consult with your healthcare provider before using this test:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Regardless of your risk status, if you are experiencing any of the following emergency warning signs for COVID-19, it is recommended that you immediately seek emergency care:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake up or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Getting My Results
How To Get This Test
1. Purchase your kit
Shop for at-home collection kits and pay online. Kits typically ship within 1-2 business days.
An independent physician will review and approve your test requests; no doctor’s visit is required.
2. Register your kit and collect your sample
After you receive your kit, you can register it on the Pixel by LabCorp website. Follow the instructions provided to collect your sample, then mail your kit back to the lab using the pre-addresed and pre-paid mailing label.
3. Access your results online
View your easy-to-read results online in your Pixel by LabCorp account. For certain results that require prompt attention, you will also be contacted by phone or mail.