STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — At-home COVID tests are flying off the shelves as many prepare to get together with family and friends for the holidays.
High in demand, but probably not on your Christmas list. Rapid take-home COVID tests are hard to find, just days away from the merry holiday.
“Because of the holiday season, everyone wants to get tested because they’re visiting families… visiting families and friends so they’re selling like hotcakes,” said Akshay Bellary, pharmacy manager at the Pocono Pharmacy.
Pocono Pharmacy provides both the COVID vaccine and at-home tests, telling Eyewitness News they’re expecting a shipment of 240 rapid tests.
The rapid test is different from a PCR COVID test which normally takes two to five days for lab results. However, the rapid tests accuracy varies from 80 to 90 percent.
“It’s fast, it’s convenient, they can do it at home, it’s self-assuring. They’re assured that they’re not infected and they’re not going to infect others,” explained Bellary.
One of the rapid tests Binaxnow comes in a box of two. All you have to do is open the card packaging, add six droplets into the top hole, swab each nostril for 15 seconds and seal it in the card for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, you get your rapid results. Two lines show that you’re positive and one line showing you’re negative.
“Because of the omicron now coming up, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” stated Bellary.
Eyewitness News reached out to CVS Health who says it’s also facing a shortage of at-home tests in stores and online starting in part:
We’re committed to providing families with protection and peace of mind during the holiday season, and we continue to offer access to lab-based testing with results available in 1-2 days or rapid COVID-19 testing at more than 4,800 CVS pharmacy locations.CVS Health
On Tuesday President Joe Biden announced new steps the federal government is taking as omicron cases rise including distributing 500 billion at-home tests for free.