Many people may be confused about the different types of COVID-19 testing and whether the tests are accurate. New Leaf Wellness Center in NO OPTIONS SELECTED can help you sort through the information, explain the pros and cons of each test, and recommend the best one for you. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.
You should get tested for COVID-19 if you:
If you have any of the following symptoms, you should get tested for COVID-19:
Though not as common, you can also have neurological symptoms like dizziness, changes in vision, and delirium.
Close contact means that you were closer than six feet for 15 minutes or longer. If you were that close to someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, you should get tested.
You should get tested if you took part in an activity where you couldn’t stay six feet apart from others, or you were in a crowd where people didn’t wear masks.
Your physician or someone from your local health department who’s doing contact tracing may call and ask you to get tested.
Both the rapid tests and the PCR tests check your sample for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
New Leaf Wellness Center offers the antibody test and rapid COVID-19 test to patients at their practice location in NO OPTIONS SELECTED.
An antibody test does not diagnose a current COVID-19 infection. Instead, it shows that you already had an infection because your body made antibodies to fight the virus.
Your provider may do an antibody test after you recover from COVID-19. If you test positive for antibodies, you may have some natural immunity. But COVID-19 is such a new disease that the experts don’t yet know the strength of your immunity and how long it will last.
You need to wait at least 14 days after your symptoms begin to have an antibody test. Then your provider does the test by taking a sample of your blood, either through a finger prick or by drawing blood from a vein.
The rapid COVID-19 test is also called an antigen test because it identifies the presence of SARS-CoV-2 fragments (antigens). This test can produce results within 15 minutes when it’s analyzed in the office. It takes a few days to get results if the test is sent to a lab.
Your provider does this test by inserting a swab through your nose and guiding it to the back of your throat. Then they gently rotate the swab, allowing it to collect secretions.
When a rapid COVID-19 test is properly processed, it produces reliable results. However, the results are less sensitive than other tests and may produce a false negative.
The rapid test is most likely to give inaccurate results when you’re infected but don’t have symptoms. In some cases, your provider may ask you to get another test to verify your results.
If you need to schedule a COVID-19 test, call New Leaf Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online today.