COVID-19 testing methods continue to evolve as we learn more about this deadly virus. Different testing options are available, as using a test that provides accurate results is of the utmost importance. Currently, there are two main testing options available for COVID-19.
Learning about these different tests and understanding the best time to get tested is essential in remaining proactive while staying safe against this virus.
Healthcare workers are using two different diagnostic tests to officially diagnose patients with COVID-19. These tests are either molecular or antigen testing methods. Molecular testing is also known as RNA or PCR tests, as it involves swabbing mucus from the back of your throat or deep within your nose. Afterward, the swab is sent to a lab to be examined for the COVID-19 virus. Molecular testing is the most accurate method, but they do take longer to receive the results due to it being sent to a lab.
Antigen testing is known as rapid testing, as it involves a similar swabbing process, but it doesn’t need to be sent off to a lab for further testing. You can get your results much sooner, as it’s often available at drive-thru testing sites. While antigen testing is highly accurate at identifying COVID antigens, it does take a few days for COVID antigens to appear in your system. Thus, it’s possible to be infected with COVID-19 while still getting a negative result from an antigen test.
An antibody test is used to identify COVID antibodies within your bloodstream. A positive antibody test means that you had COVID previously and that your immune system created antibodies to help you recover from the virus. However, it’s important to remember that an antibody test can’t determine if you still have COVID-19, as it’s not recommended to use for making a diagnosis.
Learn More About COVID 19 Testing
Surfside Urgent Care of Laguna Beach offers COVID-19 testing for anyone that believes they were exposed or in close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus. Learning about the available testing options is important in helping you determine the best course of action for your situation. Contacting a physician is critical in guiding you throughout the testing process. Reach out to Surfside Urgent Care of Laguna Beach to learn more about our testing options for COVID-19.