Rapid COVID-19 tests are a game-changer in detecting the presence of COVID-19 in highly infectious people. These tests are speedy, but a little less accurate than the gold standard PCR tests which are almost 100% accurate. These tests return the results within half an hour and can very accurately test people who are carrying high viral loads. These tests are now being largely used to curb the virus by effectively singling out the most infectious people who are most likely to transmit the virus to other people.
What are the types of COVID-19 tests?
Testing for COVID-19 is very important to keep the virus from spreading like wildfire. When it comes to testing, there are quite a few tests available which can understandably be quite confusing. So, here we are explaining what these tests are and which one should you get.
There are essentially two diagnostic tests for COVID-19:
- Polymerase Chain Reaction or PCR test:
PCR test has been regarded as the gold standard when it comes to the most successful detection of the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This test is meant to identify RNA that is specifically present in coronavirus. The main reason why PCR is considered so accurate is that it can detect the virus almost as soon as it infects the human body. So, if a person has just caught the virus, it will be detectable by the PCR test. The turnaround time for the test is a little long (1-3 days) but it is highly precise and accurate.
- Rapid Test:
Rapid tests, as the name depicts, give results faster than the PCR test. This test detects viral proteins that are specific to the COVID-19 virus. The downside of this test is that it can only detect those infected people who are carrying higher viral loads and are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Rapid tests are not ideal for the detection of coronavirus in people who are in the early stage of being infectious. A large number of people (who are infected with the virus) pass the rapid tests and get a false negative.
Rapid tests are fast and inexpensive but you should only get it if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or it’s been a few days since you have been in close contact with a person infected with the virus.
Antibody or Serology Tests:
Antibody tests (also known as serology tests) are conducted to see if a person had been infected with coronavirus in the past. These tests are blood tests that identify antibodies present in the bloodstream of an infected person. Antibodies are proteins that are created by a person’s immune system or through vaccination. These antibodies help in fighting off viral infections.
How soon can I receive my Rapid COVID-19 test result?
Rapid tests can give results in 15 minutes to half an hour. It is highly unlikely to get a false positive in patients who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 but with asymptomatic people, rapid tests are not all that accurate.
Rapid Covid-19 Testing Center Near Me:
True Health Primary Care and Walk-in Clinics have their COVID-19 test centers in East Islip and Farmingville, New York. So if you are from or around East Islip or Farmingville and want to get tested for COVID-19, you can call us and set an appointment. Or, you can just walk in and get yourself tested. Our clinics offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing facilities in both East Islip and Farmingville.
Rapid COVID Testing Centers in New York
COVID Testing in Farmingville:
465 Blue Point Road Farmingville, NY 11738
Call: (631) 732-5999 📲
COVID Testing in East Islip:
45 E Main Street East Islip, NY 11730
(631) 581-0737 📲