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Different types of rapid lateral flow testing kits

AY1975

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Following on from my thread on whether you are allowed to let others use your rapid lateral flow tests at https://www.railforums.co.uk/thread...ers-use-your-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.221729/ I have recently ordered another set of rapid lateral flow tests. It came with a note asking you to read the instructions carefully as they may be slightly different from any others that you have previously used.

I haven't used any from my new pack yet, but the main difference that I noticed was that with my new ones it would appear that you only have to stick the swab up your nose, whereas with my previous ones you had to touch the back of your throat with the swab first and then stick it up your nose.

Yesterday one of my colleagues seemed to think that the ones that you only stick up your nose were for children. Does anyone know if this is indeed the case? If so I don't remember knowingly ticking a box on the online order form requesting a children's testing kit rather than an adult one. I didn't even know that there were different testing kits for adults and children.

If what my colleague thought is correct, then I can only assume that I was sent the wrong type of testing kit in error or that I ticked the wrong box by mistake when I ordered it online.
 
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Yesterday one of my colleagues seemed to think that the ones that you only stick up your nose were for children. Does anyone know if this is indeed the case? If so I don't remember knowingly ticking a box on the online order form requesting a children's testing kit rather than an adult one. I didn't even know that there were different testing kits for adults and children.
I worked in a factory conducting those tests for a few weeks - I can categorically say the ones that go up your nose definitely aren't just for children.

We used both at different points and the main difference that I'm aware of is that the mouth and nose tests take longer to give results (or at least the ones we used did - 30 minutes rather than 15).
 

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Both the NHS ones that I have and the special one I had for a "pre departure" test only stated that the nose should be used.
 

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I've had two different types too. The main difference I noticed was that one box had green branding and the other blue.

In the blue ones, the solution was in a separate little bottle for you to pour into the test tube. In the green ones, it was already in the test tube, which was sealed.

I guess there are different firms cashing in manufacturing these kits so they will differ slightly.
 

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