The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine have been a scary time for millions of Americans. With COVID-19 presenting itself in so many different ways, you may experience a symptom or two and wonder if you have the virus. Fortunately, there are many COVID-19 testing centers across the United States where you can know for sure one way or another. There are several different types of COVID-19 tests, all with their own pros and cons.
In an effort to help you figure out which test would be best for you, here are a few details about each COVID-19 test that you may be able to find in your area.
The Molecular Test
A molecular COVID-19 test is one that is performed to see if there is an active infection. Test samples can be collected with a swab in the nose or throat (these are the most common methods) or with a saliva spit test. The molecular test can take several days to get the results back, though this method is usually the most accurate.
The Antigen Test
The antigen test is also called the rapid test. It usually only takes 10–15 minutes and can show if you are actively infected. Positive tests are usually quite accurate, though some false-negative tests have been reported. If you need to know immediately if you may be infected, you should get an antigen test. These tests are usually administered from your car in a drive-through, though you probably need to get an appointment before showing up.
The Antibody Test
The antibody test is the one that will tell you if you have ever been infected. In order to do this test, you must have a blood test such as a finger poke or blood draw. Antibodies are found in the blood after an infection has been overcome. This is a good test to have done if you are wondering if you are still susceptible, or if you are going somewhere where you fear you have a chance of getting infected.
In conclusion, getting tested for the virus does not have to be extremely difficult. If you want to get scheduled for a test, a simple online search can help you to find a location near you. Most tests these days are self-administered and done from the comfort of your car, so there is really no need to put it off. If you have any symptoms, get tested today.
For more information, contact a COVID-19 testing center in your area.