It’s no secret that the COVID-19 virus has caused a global pandemic this year. From cities locking down and implementing stay at home orders to small businesses shutting down and people losing their jobs, this year has been one unlike any of us have seen before.
We at Covid Clinic, knew that we had to do something to help during these uncertain times, so we quickly got to work in creating a number of COVID-19 tests, antibody tests, antigen tests, and more. The more information and the more knowledge we have about COVID-19 exposure, the safer we can be in our communities. In this blog, we will be providing information specifically about our Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test, including what it is, how it works, and how you can book an appointment to receive the test.
What Is COVID-19 and Its Symptoms?
For starters, let’s take a step back and talk about what COVID-19 is, and why it’s important to get tested if you are showing any symptoms, or if you have been exposed to anyone that has tested positive for this virus. By now, you likely have a general understanding about the COVID-19 virus, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While we are still learning new information about this virus, there are a few common symptoms that accompany the virus, including:
- Shortness of Breath
- Difficulty Breathing
- Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
- New Loss of Taste
- New Loss of Smell
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to get tested as soon as possible to help prevent any COVID-19 exposure to others you may come in contact with. In addition to our Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test, we also have a variety of other tests, including a standard COVID-19 test, COVID-19 Antibody test, and more. Visit our website for a full list of all of our COVID-19 tests, and to schedule an appointment.
What Is The Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test?
This test is a SARS Antigen FIA test that has the ability to generate results within 60 minutes of the patient taking the test. It has a 99+% specificity rate, and a 96.7% sensitivity rating. Rest assured, this test has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA.
With all of the unknowns of this virus and all of the different tests that have surfaced in response to the global pandemic, you might be wondering what an antigen is, and why you should be tested for it. Simply put, an antigen is a toxin, or other foreign substance, that typically ignites an immune response in one’s body. More specifically, it induces the production of antibodies. Now, you’re likely wondering why an antibody test is useful, right? An antibody test is able to detect if a person has been exposed to an infection. In this case, our Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test can help detect if someone has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, whether they are showing symptoms or not. While some antibody tests can take days or weeks to determine results, our Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test generally reports results within just 60 minutes!
How Does The Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Work?
Much like the other COVID-19 tests you’ve likely heard about or have experienced, the Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test collects the specimen by a nasal swab. Don’t worry, unlike the tests in the earlier stages of this pandemic where a swab was inserted far into your nasal cavity, this test does not require that. Instead, the cotton swab only needs to be inserted far enough into your nose to where it cannot be seen anymore. Once inserted into the nose, the cotton swab is rotated in a circle around the entire edge of each nostril, completing at least three complete rotations. When the test is complete, it will take around 60 minutes for the results to come back, at which point the patient will be notified via email, with their consent. With every test comes certain risks and benefits. We at Covid Clinic want to make sure our patients are fully aware of both prior to taking the test.
- Possible discomfort or other complications that can occur during sample collection
- Possible incorrect test results (although unlikely)
- Results can help your healthcare provider make informed recommendations about your care
- Results may help limit COVID-19 exposure to your family, friends, and community
As mentioned earlier, this COVID-19 Antigen test has an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA, so you can have peace of mind that it is a legitimate, safe test for you to take.
What Happens If I Test Positive?
Rest assured, testing positive for the COVID-19 antibody isn’t the end of the world. However, it’s important to realize that you have likely contracted the COVID-19 virus due to the proteins from the virus found in your sample. So, what does this mean? You will likely be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others you may come in contact with for a certain amount of time. It is always best to consult your healthcare provider to determine the best plan of action and how you should care for yourself based on your health history and symptoms.
What Happens If I Test Negative?
If you test negative, that means there were no proteins found in your sample that were from the COVID-19 sample. In other words, that’s good news! While it is possible that you receive a false negative, although unlikely, it is important to still take precautions to ensure you are keeping yourself and those around you safe. As always, we recommend consulting with your healthcare provider once you receive your results, whether they are negative or positive. The reason being, they will be able to assess your test results in conjunction with your medical history to create a plan of care that is best for you.
Schedule Your Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Today!
At Covid Clinic, we are dedicated to creating accurate COVID-19 tests to help ensure the health and safety of our patients and community as a whole. Whether you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms currently, or you have experienced them in the past and want to know if you have the proteins from the virus present in your body, we can help! We have testing sites in various locations, find a testing site near you, and book an appointment today! For additional information or questions, please feel free to contact us today.