What does the self-test do?
The self-test detects antigens of the COVID-19 virus in your body. Antigens are virus particles that our body recognises, which activate our immune system. The presence of antigens therefore indicates the presence of the virus.
Which symptoms occur in case of a COVID-19 infection?
Symptoms of a COVID-19 infection often do not appear until 5 to 6 days after infection (sometimes even 14 days). The following mild to moderate symptoms occur in case of a COVID-19 infection:
•Loss of taste or smell
•A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
•Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
•Chest pain or pressure
•Loss of speech or movement
Not everyone who is infected shows symptoms. This means that you can be infected without noticing it yourself. In that case, a self-test can give you an indication of whether or not you are contagious. Do you show symptoms or a positive self-test? Then contact your doctor.
Important info regarding preservation/execution of a self-test:
The reliability of a self-test depends on the temperature. Both the storage and the execution of a self-test must be done at room temperature. In concrete terms, keep your self-test in a dark place in a drawer or cupboard. Do not store it in the refrigerator, freezer or on a window sill in the sun at temperatures above 30°C.
Only take a self-test if you have no symptoms:
•As a gesture of courtesy towards, for example, a bubble contact (when you are afraid to contaminate your bubble contact).
•To protect yourself and others.
•Warning: the self-test Is not a "ticket" to certain activities!
Do not take a self-test when:
•You have had COVID-19 over the past 3 months, which has been confirmed by a positive PCR-test (via your doctor/the test centre).
•You have been fully vaccinated, unless after a contact where it is feared that you may have become infected.
How to interpret the result of a self-test?
On the test you can find a C and a T.
The C stands for "check-mark". Only when this mark appears, has the test been executed successfully. If the C-mark does not appear, then this means that the test is invalid.
The T stands for "test-mark". When the T-mark appears, even when it's of a lighter colour, it means that the test is positive. If the T-mark does not appear, it means that you have tested negative.
•When a check-mark and test-mark both appear, even if the test-mark is a lighter colour, it means you have tested positive. In case of a positive result, you need to contact your doctor, go into quarantine and follow the safety measures.
•When the check-mark appears, but not the test-mark, then this means that you tested negative. In case of a negative result, you still need to follow the safety measures. A self-test can always display a false negative, because the self-test only portrays a limited moment in time. This always needs to be taken into account. That's why a negative test cannot be seen as a "ticket" to reduce the safety measures or to break the rules and meet with a larger group of people.
What are the safety measures?
•Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water. Use an alcohol gel if you don't have soap at hand.
•Keep at least 1.5 metres away from other people.
•Ventilate your home and work properly.
•Wear a mouth mask in crowded places where you cannot always respect the distance of 1.5 metres.
•Touch your face as little as possible with your hands.
•Do not cough into your hands, but into a paper handkerchief or your elbow.
•Do not shake hands or kiss when greeting someone.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Avoid contact with other sick people
Do you have any questions?
In this case, you are welcome to contact our team. We are happy to help and advice you.
Read the leaflet carefully for more information.