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How Accurate Are Covid-19 Rapid Home Tests, and When Should You Use Them?

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Stephanie Shultz, a mother of four in Louisville, Ky., started stockpiling Covid-19 at-home rapid tests in July. She snapped up about 20 boxes. "I figured my kids were going back to school and we were going to be needing them," she says.

She was right. Her children are vaccinated, but she has tested each of them at least once after Covid-19 cases emerged in their schools. She's also given tests away to friends: As cases have risen, test-center appointments are harder to come by, and rapid tests are selling out at stores.

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