Can At-Home COVID Tests Detect the Omicron Variant? Here's What the FDA and Researchers Say

by Andrea Venezia

The Abbott BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue antigen tests are able to detect the omicron variant, according to the FDA

With a soaring number of COVID cases and testing sites seeing high demand, at-home tests have often become the more convenient option.

As the coronavirus mutates, it could render some antigen tests ineffective, said Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, assistant professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. However, most are still working.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, both the Abbott BinaxNOW and Quidel QuickVue antigen tests are able to detect the omicron variant "with similar performance as with other variants.

You can purchase the test kits from the following links:

Abbott BinaxNOW

Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test (Self-Testing) 1 test per box

iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid At Home 2 tests per pack

CareStart Covid-19 Antigen Home Test Kit - pack of 2

On/Go at-Home COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Self-Test


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