What is the 7-day incidence?

The 7-day incidence shows how many people per 100,000 people in a municipality, city, state, country, etc. have been infected in the last 7 days. This makes it possible to compare the incidence of infection for different countries, cities or regions.

What does the abbreviation BfArM mean and what are its tasks with regard to self-tests?

The abbreviation BfArM stands for the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. The BfArM provides a list of all tests which, according to the manufacturer, fulfil the minimum criteria defined by the Paul Ehrlich Institute in consultation with the RKI. This list only contains antigen rapid tests that have been reported to the BfArM by the manufacturer or distributor. The rapid antigen tests [...]

Where can I put the test tube of the rapid test?

While you are taking the sample from your nose or collecting saliva for the spit test, it is helpful to be able to put the test tube down safely. For this purpose, you will find helpful punch-outs (small holes) on the outer packaging of most tests, into which you can easily place the test tube.

What happens if I drip too much sample liquid into the test cassette?

Depending on the rapid test/self-test, you need to drip 2-4 drops of the test liquid into the well of the test cassette. Please make sure to drip EXACTLY THE NUMBER OF DROPS REQUIRED into the test cassette according to the instructions for use. Too much or too little test fluid may invalidate the test and you will need to retest with a new test kit [...]

How does as much sample material as possible stay in the sample tube?

It is important that you let the stick with the sample soak long enough in the test liquid in the sampling tube. Meanwhile, press it against the wall and the bottom of the tube. Squeeze the tube with your fingers from the outside as you pull the stick out, and swipe the stick along the wall as you pull [...]

What should I do if I have touched the cotton side of the test stick?

It is very important that the cotton side of the test stick remains sterile and is therefore not touched or comes into contact with any objects. The test may otherwise become invalid. Also, do not dip the cotton side of the stick into the test liquid before taking the sample from the nose to avoid skin contact with the test liquid.

Is there a minimum age for taking the self-tests?

The minimum age to be able to perform the self-test without adult supervision varies depending on the self-test. In most cases, the age is between 14 and 18 years. The exact age limit must be taken from the instructions for use of the respective test/manufacturer! Younger persons must take the test under the supervision of an adult or have an adult take the test.

Where does the saliva for the spit test have to come from?

Even though this rapid antigen test is colloquially called a "spit test", it is not enough to simply spit into the sachet. The virus cannot be detected so easily in saliva only from the mouth. It is therefore important that the saliva for the spit test comes from the deeper throat, as the virus settles in the pharynx. At the [...]