Rapid testing for COVID-19 is the quickest and most efficient way to get tested for COVID-19. The test checks for antigens present on the surface of the virus, and gives you results within 15 minutes! If you want to be certain of your health, and make sure you are not infected, come in today to get your rapid testing done!
What Happens During a COVID-19 Rapid Test?
These tests detect the presence of specific proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in patients exhibiting symptoms. Although their ability to detect the virus may not be as good as a nucleic acid test, rapid antigen tests can be performed by health professionals outside of a laboratory and may produce a result within 15 to 30 minutes.
The time that rapid antigen tests are best performed is within the first 5-7 days from the time symptoms first appear. To confirm if a patient is infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, negative results, and some positive results, may require further testing by a nucleic acid test.
Rapid antigen tests are designed to be used by trained health professionals or laboratory scientists and are therefore not intended for home testing.
How sensitive are the rapid diagnostic tests for coronavirus disease?
Rapid diagnostic tests are becoming the new standard for COVID-19 testing. Although they are not as accurate as a serology test, they do not require a lab and will provide you with results much quicker! The testing results from a rapid test are quite sensitive, and can detect even trace amounts of the virus. They do this by testing for certain proteins on the virus, known as antigens, and can get you results within 15 minutes! Although this test is accurate, it is not as sensitive as an RT-PCR test, also known as a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test.
What is rapid diagnostic testing for COVID-19?
Rather than testing for the antibodies produced by the body, the rapid antigen detection tests seek to detect the virus. Although the mechanism is different between rapid testing and RT-PCR, the most drastic difference between the two tests is time. Including the time taken for sample transportation, the RT-PCR test takes a minimum of 2-5 hours. These factors limit the widespread use of the RT-PCR test and also hinders quick up-scaling of testing capacity in various containment zones and hospital settings. The maximum duration for interpreting a positive or negative test is 30 minutes in a reliable rapid antigen detection test.
An RDT is typically a qualitative (positive or negative) test that is small, portable, and can be used at point of care. These tests may use blood samples from a finger prick, saliva samples, or nasal swab fluids. Similar to how pregnancy tests work, RDTs show the user colored lines to indicate positive or negative results. In the frame of reference of COVID-19, these tests most frequently test for patient antibodies (IgG and IgM), or viral antigen.
If you or someone you know is exhibiting flu-like symptoms and suspect it may be due to COVID-19, or if you want to be sure you are not infected, come to AFC Urgent Care Agoura Hills today! We have professional staff that are efficient and effective in performing tests, so you can feel safe and comfortable when getting tested! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!