Now that rapid and self-tests have entered the market, our colleagues from RTL 5minutes provide you with an essential guide on how to employ them correctly.

Conducting a test is neither very complicated, nor does it hurt. Alain de Bourcy, president of the Luxembourgish pharmacists association, guides us through the process.

After 20 to 30 minutes of waiting time, the result usually appears clearly visible on the test kit: a single red bar means no infection, two red bars mean a positive result. The latter requires a person to isolate as quickly as possible.

The efficacy rate of the self-tests currently ranges around 90%. While pharmacies have been selling them for some amount of time, they can now also be acquired in supermarkets.

People conducting the nasal swabs are advised to consider the following things:

  1. Read the instructions carefully before opening the test kit.
  2. Make sure the swab only touches the designated areas and nothing else.
  3. Respect the necessary time limit
If all instructions are followed, the test should indicate the result as expected.

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