1: Activate your kit online at color.com/covid/activate.
You need your unique barcode, which you’ll find on your collection tube.
Warning: Your sample will not be tested if the kit is not activated.
2: Before collecting your sample, wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds and dry them well.
3: Remove the cap of the collection tube.
Keep the cap and collection tube nearby.
4: Open the swab package.
Starting from the handle end of the swab package, peel open the paper backing. Pull swab out of its packaging by the handle.
Note: Do not touch the soft tip with your hands or lay it down on any surface.
5: Rotate swab tip in first nostril, 3 times.
Insert it into one nostril just until the soft tip is no longer visible, about 1 inch. Rotate it in a circle around the inside edge of your nostril at least 3 times.
Note: Do not force the swab any further.
6: Rotate swab tip in other nostril, 3 times.
Repeat the previous step in the second nostril, using the same end of the swab.
Note: You will use the same swab for both nostrils.
7: Put swab into the collection tube.
The soft tip of the swab that went into your nose should go into the tube first.
8: After putting the swab in the collection tube, make sure that the cap of the collection tube is tightly shut by pressing it down firmly.
Note: After closing the collection tube, wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds and dry them well.
9: Put collection tube into the biohazard bag.
Close the bag with the adhesive seal.
10: Follow instructions specific to your institution/organization to return your sample the same day you collect it.