COVID-19 rapid tests are easy to take — and then toss. So most people never report their results, which leaves health officials with an incomplete picture of how much virus is circulating and where.
NIH's RADx® MARS lets you contribute to America's public health
That's what the NIH RADx® MARS program has made. The MARS team built a system that puts at-home test results into a standard format used by health care professionals. That information then flows into secure databases that researchers and public health teams already know how to use. MakeMyTestCount.org is the front end of that system, allowing us to safely and securely report our at-home results, including as much personal information as we feel comfortable sharing.
You're part of the future of at-home testing in the US
COVID-19 was the first infectious disease for which the U.S. had over-the-counter at-home tests. But at-home tests for other diseases like influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are already appearing. When you report your results on MakeMyTestCount, you help America get ready for the future of at-home testing. And you help your country be better prepared to keep all its citizens safer from infectious disease.
The latest news and media coverage of MakeMyTestCount.
MakeMyTestCount is a new website from the National Institutes of Health that allows individuals to record the results of COVID-19 antigen tests taken at home.
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha announces the launch of MakeMyTestCount.org.
"I think it's just incredibly important to celebrate HHS for this great technical advance, and the modernization of data systems in public health in the US," Blythe Adamson, Ph. D., CEO and Founder of Infectious Economics and former member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told ABC News.
Officials hope results collected through the new site — makemytestcount.org — will fill some of the gaps in data left after many people turned to in-home COVID-19 testing rather than the lab tests authorities had closely watched earlier in the pandemic.
The National Institutes of Health set up a website for people to self-report the results of at-home COVID-19 tests, whether positive or negative.
Lab tests have a well-established technology system for sharing test results. RADx Tech has been working on a system to standardize test reporting for at-home tests in a secure manner. The MakeMyTestCount.org website is built on this system for logging test results.