Can I eat or drink before taking the test?

To ensure a successful sample collection,

  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke 20 minutes prior to sample collection
  • Deep cough 3 times and swish phlegm or spit around mouth
  • Swab:
    • Inside of each cheek
    • Upper and lower gums
    • Underneath and top of tongue
    • Roof of mouth
  • Total swabbing time should be at least 20 seconds
  • Do not touch, drop, or contaminate the swab in any way
  • Ensure the cap on the tube is secure and the swab tip is facing downward in the liquid
  • Ensure the return bag is securely sealed so the tube doesn’t fall out

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