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covid 19 proctored home test for travel with I phone

Has anyone used their I phone camera vs computer for the proctored covid 19 test while traveling solo?
Just wondering if you were able to coordinate doing the test and holding or positioning the phone so that the person proctoring could see all they need to see.
thanks for sharing your experience doing this

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We used I-phones for the E-med Abbott proctored antigen tests , and it was surprisingly easy . This was Sept, 2019, in Switzerland. Safe travels!

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Thanks for your reply Pat.
Did you do your own without assistance of a travel partner?

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I did the proctored test by myself at home using my iPhone, mainly to familiarize myself with the procedure. I was able to do it, but there were a couple of times where the proctor had me reposition the phone because the camera was not showing the image he wanted. So yes, you would be able to do it yourself as a solo traveler.
However, when we were in Switzerland, I had my husband help me …just to make it easier.

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We had no trouble using our iPhones to do this test last week in Spain. My husband did his test on his own in one room of our apartment, and I did mine at the same time in another room. We just propped the phones against something so that the camera was focused on the test. It was very easy.

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Yay!
Thanks for verifying. I will definitely buy some of the proctored tests for upcoming travel as easiest to rely on yourself vs winging it at the time when you need it.

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Make sure you have at least one or two extras — we had a kit with no dropper solution and had to open another kit.

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Just a quick question to the veterans here-
it was a little awkward holding the phone for 15 minutes, and we couldn't get a good "prop". Which direction was your camera? I think that was our problem, the camera was still facing us, as in FaceTime.
But overall, it was very easy!

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great suggestion. I plan on getting the 6 pack as sounds like I will have to test while in europe as taking a RS tour and will arrive 3 days prior. So extra for that and then extra for screw ups as I am definitely technologically challenged!

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I have a question about the 6-packs ordered from eMed (The BinaxNow monitored tests).

The order confirmation said to NOT open the box when it arrives; “return to eMed.com to activate it” and be “guided through the testing process”. I assume they are referring to the actual test kit boxes that we must not open until ready to use, not the outside package that the kit was shipped in. Correct?

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Correct, Lola. It would be odd to not open the shipping box. They just want to ensure that nobody has tampered with the goods; an unopened individual PRODUCT box is a reasonable way of making sure that (probably) didn't happen. Our individual product boxes were pretty beat up by the end of our 3.5 week trip, but they had not been opened, which is apparently what counts.

We bought the six-pack of the Abbott tests before our trip to Europe last September. We used an iPad and an iPhone to do the tests, from a B&B in Copenhagen, the night before return flight home. The iPad was a bit glitchy (it's an older iPad), there was moderate confusion about which camera (front/back) was being used, but we got it sorted out. The system is far from perfect, but as long as you have a device that has a camera and it's online, I think most folks should be able to manage it pretty easily. Do be sure to get the app installed on your mobile device at home, and get your account set up (and have your login credentials) before you depart on your trip.

I've used our remaining tests over the past few weeks when I had to have close contact with someone who routinely mixes with others in a confined space. Two tests for me before, one test after, all negative. And I just used the last test no more than an hour ago, because: I was feeling slight head-cold symptoms, and because the test expiration date is tomorrow. Worth noting: the expiration date printed on your test may be (probably is) wrong -- ours (and many others, I believe) got extensions to the printed expiration dates. Google your printed expiration date and see your actual expiration date online.

After every test, the happy news for me has been: I'm still negative for COIVID, and I'm not pregnant, either. ;)

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I ordered the kit on my iPad so I downloaded the NAVICA app there. Is that the correct one? It has lots of bad reviews in the Apple App Store (only 2 stars).

I probably should put it on my phone as well. . .

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Pat, we used our phones pointing at us as you would for a FaceTime call. The proctor can control the camera direction, so I think there were one or two times where we had to scan something behind the phone, but it was easy to figure out what was going on (and the proctor will tell you).

Definitely download the NAVICA app and create your account before you leave. Although, once you start the test process, you’ll do everything through emed.com. I’m not sure the NAVICA app is even necessary for the testing process. You can use it to check your results, but they’ll be emailed to you separately anyway.

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I’ve done it with both my laptop and phone. 100% easier on iPhone

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Thank you for all the great experienced info. Good to know