We’re approaching the second holiday season under our new normal, yet millions of people are looking forward to traveling as normal this week. According to AAA Insurance, over 109 million people are believed to be traveling over the course of the holiday season this year, from now until the day after New Year's.
We hope you have a happy holiday season this year, but also a safe one. If you haven’t yet, we would strongly urge you to meet a full vaccination status, remain diligent about the same precautionary practices you’ve been diligent with through the last 18 months, and double up on COVID-19 home tests to stay safe, especially as the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire around the world with one of the most contagious, communicable, and transmissible forms of COVID-19 yet.
Fortunately, you can assess your safety and your loved ones' safety faster than ever before. By using the new Ellume COVID-19 home test in tandem with AZOVA’s telehealth video screenings, you can have your test results confirmed in as fast as 15 minutes! Not only is it well suited for national travel, but meeting international travel re-entry standards too, especially if the country you or a loved one is traveling to requires antigen testing for entry.
But how does this product work to get such rapid results, is it effective at getting those rapid results, and where can you get it at the most affordable possible rate you can? Read on for a full rundown covering all three of these questions.
How Does The Ellume COVID Test Work?
The Ellume COVID-19 home test is an antigen rapid test capable of meeting the CDC’s travel requirements for safe re-entry back into the United States. To fulfill those travel requirements, you should use the test in conjunction with online doctor video calls facilitated with the help of Azova.
To schedule a video conference properly, you should:
- Schedule a video observation within the timeframe of your test
- Meet with your appointed proctor via video conference
- Wait for an SMS with an email link to view your results
You can access these video screening services through a convenient mobile app accessible on most (if not all) iOS and Android mobile devices. The mobile testing process is fast, easy, convenient for travel, only costs $20 per video observation, and touts all sorts of perks like:
- Getting results in only one test
- Clinically proven with or without symptoms
- User-friendly nasal swab with child adapter
- Being safe for ages two and up
- Convenient step by step instructions
- 96% test result accuracy
But is Ellume only effective for testing cases of the original coronavirus, or does it also account for the Delta and Omicron variants?
Does Ellume COVID Test For Delta Variant Cases?
Because rapid antigen tests observe for symptoms of acute infection, the Ellume test should be just as capable of testing for the Delta Variant, Omicron Variant, and all other known variants as it is at detecting normal cases of COVID-19.
So far, the Omicron variant has shown no signs of being divergent from current COVID-19 testing methods, and while there is still uncertainty over how effective our current batches of vaccines are for it, so far the current boosters are showing immense efficacy at treating it.
Moderna’s, for instance, significantly raises antibodies against the variant, so if it’s been over six months since your second vaccination, we would strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment for your booster shot before the holidays.
Does Ellume COVID Test Work?
At 96% effectiveness with its special swab design, we think we can say with confidence that Ellume works. Although certain batches of the product were criticized over higher than average false positives, the product’s unique patented design also has one of the lowest rates of missed positives on the rapid antigen testing market.
For the most part, Ellume delivers precise results in a brisk, efficient, and expedient timeframe.
Ellume COVID-19 Test: Pros & Cons
- 96% accuracy
- Convenient for on-the-go use
- Safe for ages 2 and up
- Rapid results in 15 minutes!
- Meetings operate on a limited schedule
- Occasionally delivers false positives
- Not suitable for infants or children under 2 years of age
All in all, Ellume is an excellent rapid COVID-19 antigen testing option if you’re looking for safe, painless, and happy travels this holiday season. If your test sadly comes back with a positive, you can also obtain an online doctor consultation more affordably than ever.
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