Which Covid-19 Test Should I Get?
We all know that testing for COVID-19 saves lives. But figuring out which test to get still causes some confusion. What’s the difference between the COVID-19 PCR test and rapid Antigen test? And which test is better? We’re answering some of the most common questions about Covid-19 testing.
What’s The Difference between the PCR Test and the Antigen Test?
PCR Test: This test detects genetic material that’s specific to SARS-CoV2. It requires lab analysis and may take a day or two to get results. It’s generally considered the “gold standard” of COVID-19 testing because it can detect the virus within days of infection, even in those people with no symptoms.
Antigen (Rapid) Test: This test identifies the presence of SARS-CoV2 by detecting protein fragments that accompany the coronavirus. Test analysis can be done on-site by a healthcare professional with results often within minutes. These tests are intended for people who have symptoms or know that they were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Which Test is More Accurate?
Both tests are considered accurate when properly performed by healthcare professionals. But no test is perfect and there is an increased chance for false-negative results with the Antigen test. That means that it may be possible to test negative but still be infected with the virus.
It is recommended that people with symptoms who test negative after a rapid test follow up with a PCR test.
Who should get tested for COVID-19?
People who have symptoms such as fever, coughing, body aches, and shortness of breath
People who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 (Fully vaccinated people with no symptoms do not need to get tested)
People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they couldn’t socially distance
People who have been asked or required to get tested
What Should I Expect?
MedOne performs both PCR and Antigen testing using a nasal swab to collect fluid for analysis. PCR test samples will be sent to a lab for processing with results available the next day (except weekends). Rapid Antigen test samples will be analyzed on-site with results available in minutes. We are happy to help you determine which test is best for you.
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