At-home testing allows a person to collect a specimen and perform either a molecular or antigen test at home according to directions provided with the kit. Likewise, an adult can test a child by collecting a specimen and running the test. Test results are available in 10-30 minutes, depending on the test. If you perform an at-home test, be sure to contact your physician or healthcare provider with the test result, especially if it’s positive. More information about currently available at-home, self-administered tests can be seen on this VDH table. (The image below provides instructions for self-collecting a COVID-19 specimen)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide more information about at-home tests, including information about how to collect your own specimen.
A different product is also available -- a home specimen collection kit. With these kits, a specimen, typically a nasal swab, is obtained at home, placed inside protective packaging, and mailed to a lab for testing. With home collection kits, no testing is done at home. Results come back from a lab in days. Currently, there are at least 40 home collection kits available. Be sure to note the type of test (a home collection kit vs. an at-home self-testing kit) so you get the correct product.