In the vast majority of cases, if you test positive on a home rapid test, it means that you have COVID-19. You should isolate yourself at home and get in touch with your doctor to speak about the next steps. If you have one or more risk factors, your doctor may be able to prescribe medicine to help fight COVID-19. You may also treat your symptoms with over-the-counter medications as you would the common cold.
You should continue isolation for a minimum of 5 days from when your symptoms began, and you should separate yourself from other people in your household by staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if possible. If this is not possible, make sure everyone is wearing a mask and socially distancing at all times when around each other. If you are still feeling sick after 5 days, continue your isolation and speak with your doctor. If after 5 days your symptoms are improving and you have had no fever for 24 hours, you can end your isolation but should continue wearing a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
While home COVID-19 tests are quite accurate when positive, in some cases it can be useful to confirm your results with a COVID-19 PCR test. You can book an appointment to schedule PCR testing or speak with a doctor about treatment options.