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What types of COVID-19 testing exist?

2020-10-16T18:50:31+00:00

There are three different types of tests – molecular, antigen and antibody tests. The most common molecular test is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Molecular and antigen tests are both considered to be diagnostic tests. A PCR or antigen test is used to identify an active coronavirus infection. PCR tests detect the COVID-19 virus’ [...]

What types of COVID-19 testing exist?2020-10-16T18:50:31+00:00

How are tests administered?

2020-10-16T18:49:45+00:00

Rapid, Point-of--Care At-Home Collection Saliva Tests Rapid, point-of-care tests use a mucus sample from the nose or throat, but can be analyzed at the doctor’s office or clinic where the sample is collected and results may be available in minutes.  These may be molecular or antigen tests. At-home collection tests, available only by prescription [...]

How are tests administered?2020-10-16T18:49:45+00:00

What is the difference between a PCR test and an antigen test since they both test for the COVID-19 virus?

2020-10-16T18:48:50+00:00

Rapid antigen tests are commonly used in the diagnosis of respiratory pathogens including influenza viruses.  Rapid antigen tests perform best when the person is tested in the early stages of infection with SARS-CoV-2 when viral load is generally highest.  The FDA cites rapid antigen tests can be used for screening testing in settings in [...]

What is the difference between a PCR test and an antigen test since they both test for the COVID-19 virus?2020-10-16T18:48:50+00:00