COVID-19 At-Home Rapid Tests

To support the continuity of on-campus learning, instruction and research, UBC Okanagan provides Rapid Antigen Test kits to symptomatic students, staff & faculty. Find information below about who the kits are for, how to test and interpret results, and where to find more support.

COVID-19 rapid antigen at-home tests are available for symptomatic UBC Okanagan students, faculty and staff.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include new or worsening:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you do not have symptoms, you do not need a test.

The following self-testing instructions are for the Abbott Panbio™ Rapid Antigen Test

Before you start

  • Make sure your kit:
    • is complete (1 test tube pre-filled with buffer, 1 test device, 1 sterile swab)
    • has not been damaged
  • Panbio™ kits may be stored at room temperature (do not store in the freezer and keep away from direct sunlight)
  • Find a clean area free of foods, drinks, or clutter, and easy to clean in the event of a spill
  • During the test do not eat, drink, smoke, vape, put in contact lenses, put on make-up, or touch your face in anyway
  • Only use the test on yourself – do not test others or give the test to others
  • Gather a cup (to hold the test tube), garbage can (to toss materials) and timer (to time the test)

 Understanding test limitations

  • The Panbio™ test detects a current viral infection throughout the infection cycle starting 3-5 days after infection. A person may be infected but still test negative because the infection has not been active long enough for the virus to produce sufficient antigen to be detected by the rapid test.
  • Rapid antigen screening only provides a point-in-time results, meaning that a negative result does not guarantee an individual is not contagious or will not become contagious shortly after testing.
  • Regardless of test result, if you are symptomatic you should avoid going into public.

Note about expiry dates

  • Abbott Panbio rapid antigen tests have had their expiry dates extended with Health Canada approval, after additional quality testing of the components of the test kits.
  • All expiration dates have been extended an additional 12 months from the expiration date you see on the rapid test kit components.

Step 1: Wash hands thoroughly


Step 2: Gather materials

  • 1x test device
  • 1x sterile swab
  • 1x test tube (pre-filled with buffer)
  • 1x cup (to hold test tube upright)
  • timer
  • garbage can


Step 3: Collect nasal swab

Remove swab from package. Tilt your head back and insert swab into one nostril about 2 cm deep. Rub and rotate the swab against the inside of your nostril 5 times. Repeat in other nostril.


Step 4:  Extract nasal sample

Swirl the swab in the liquid at least 5 times, pressing it against the  sides of the tube. With the swab inside, pinch the outside of the tube with your fingers to extract the remaining liquid in the swab tip. Break the swab at the break-point and cap the tube. Place the tube upright in the cup.




Step 5: Load test device

Remove the test device from the package and lay on table. Open the dropper nozzle and squeeze 5 drops onto the test device loading circle. Set timer for 15 minutes.






Step 6: Interpret Results

Check results after 15 minutes. Results must be read within 20 minutes. It does not matter which line appeared first or how faint the lines look.

Positive results will have lines at both the control line (C) and test line (T)


Negative results will only have the control line (C) present

Invalid results will not have the control line (C) present

For a printable version of instructions click here.

Negative result: COVID-19 was not detected. It is still possible that you have COVID-19. Return to class, or regular duties, when you feel well enough to
resume regular activities

  1. Follow BC CDC guidance.

Positive result: COVID-19 was detected. You likley have COVID-19 and could pass it on to others

  1. Complete the online form to report your test result
  2. Self-isolate (follow BC CDC guidance)
  3. Let your close contacts know to self-monitor

Invalid result: test was defective

  1. Discard all pieces from the test
  2. Acquire new testing kit
  3. Re-test

General Support

For general information regarding COVID-19 testing, isolation or guidance

If you have COVID-19: BC CDC resources for COVID-19

If you are a close-contact: BC CDC resources for close contacts 

If you have UBC-O specific inquires: contact 

Faculty & Staff

Work with your direct manager to ensure coverage is provided where necessary and absences are recorded.

If you need sick time off: check out your sick leave options

If you need workplace accommodations: check out the Workplace Reintegration and Accomodation Program (WRAP) 

If you need crisis assistance: check out the Family and Employee Assistance Program (EFAP)


Students need to communicate with their faculty to ensure academic progression is not impeded by short term absence from in-person classes. Where absences may be prolonged and more formal accommodation is required, students may choose to work with the resources and supports listed below.

If you need help with long-term absence: visit the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) to discuss accommodations for overcoming  disability-related challenges that impede academic success. Email:

If you have health concerns: visit Health & Wellness for resources. Please note that the Health & Wellness clinic does not accept patients currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

If you live in residence: A resident in a shared unit who needs to self-isolate must immediately notify a Residence Life Manager (RLM), who can be contacted by email between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, or by speaking with the Residence Front Desk, which is open 24 hours. The RLM can assist with on-campus self-isolation accommodation and food options, as well as referrals to other resources. A shared unit includes any space that shares a washroom and/or kitchen with another student. More information is available here.

If you need an ombudsperson: an independent, impartial and confidential resource to ensure students are treated fairly. Contact the Ombuds office.