That’s what I did, with my own variation. I had Covid last year and it was a bit different but similar enough for me to know what I was dealing with. This round of Covid wasn’t as bad as last year and I didn’t lose senses of smell and taste, except for a day.This is true unfortunately. Having worked in pediatrics we saw that with rapid strep tests. I did learn something helpful yesterday from an ED Dr. Since the omicron variant usually starts in the throat ( sore throat being one of the first symptoms) , if you do a home self test, swab the back of your throat first , then your nose as the directions say. It’s an off label technique that’s getting more accurate results. Always something huh? Lol Next time I do home test I’m going to try it
This time, I started with a scratchy throat at the beginning of last week. Then a slight headache and low grade fever. The sore throat ramped up to where it felt really raw. My husband looked and saw white patches, similar to strep. The white patches went away by the end of the day or I would have gotten a strep test. I slept a lot and fever stayed in the 99.5-100.3 range. I only took aspirin a few times for the headache. My upper nostrils started to feel that familiar burning sensation I had last year with Covid.
We were able to buy a few test kits at WalMart. To do my test, I used a q-tip to swab each of my nostrils and then used the provided swab to rub on the q-tip. Since my throat was swollen and mucousy, and I have a strong gag reflex, I coughed into a clean cup and rubbed the swab in the cup. I then completed the test as instructed. It came up positive within a few minutes.
I know this isn’t the recommended way to perform the test but it worked for me. I waited until I was 3 days into the illness to test, in order to get an accurate result. I was doing everything I knew I needed to do (quarantining, supplements, etc), so test results wouldn’t have changed anything. Anyhow, I think testing the throat is a good idea and they have been using spit and gargled water to test with accuracy, too.