Here's what happens when you take a home test for Covid-19

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It's pretty fair to say I don't get sick very often.

Unless you count the fact I can't deal with hangovers anymore, but that's self inflicted so doesn't really count.

So when my partner and I both started running a temperature and noticing symptoms that were linked to Covid-19, the ever-present voice in my head that constantly says "pfft, I'll be fine" subsided. We decided to order some tests.

Ordering the tests was fairly straightforward - and to be fair, the entire process was too.

We Googled it, but all you need to do is fill out a few details here to get started.

And, of course, you have to have symptoms.

The Welsh Government website says that before requesting a test you must have at least one of the following symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

This is what it's like at a drive-thru coronavirus test centre in Wales:

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We ordered the test on a Tuesday evening, and by Thursday morning it had arrived at our home in Newport..

The instructions suggested we take the test at night, so it could be picked up early the next morning.

Our test arrived in an Amazon box so we didn't even realise what it was at first. We assumed it was some lockdown retail therapy that had been posted through our door.

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Inside the box there's a detailed instruction sheet that tells you exactly what to do, a load of barcode stickers, bags with bio-hazard signs on them and a box to return it all in.

And of course, there's the test itself, which comes in the form of a swab and looks like a giant, one-sided cotton bud.

Once you know when you're taking the test, you can arrange a pick up for the next day.

I'll be honest, taking the test wasn't pleasant.

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You're instructed to run the swab over your tonsils for 10 seconds. However I had my tonsils removed as child so this took a bit of navigating and plotting to work out exactly where they would've been.

Once you've done your mouth, you're then instructed to use the same swab in your nose. It genuinely made me sneeze and I sneezed all over my partner as she was taking pictures for this article. It was not a pretty sight, I can assure you.

Once you're done you pop the test in the bags and the box and wait for it's collection the next day which has already been pre-arranged.

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The time between sending off the tests and receiving the results was a little longer than the initial wait.

I had my results, in the form of text and email, on Sunday. Thankfully it came back negative, but I had already suspected this as my temperature had started to go down by Saturday.

I guess I just got regular sick, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

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