Different Types Of COVID-19 Tests Explained, And Which One Is Definitive

Covid 19 Tests

Do you want to know what your Covid antibody levels are? Are you curious about what the high Covid antibodies mean for your health? There is a growing concern among medical professionals that the prevalence of Covid in society is on the rise. This article will explore how people can get tested for Covid and why it’s important to be aware of this condition. 

Covid stands for ‘chronic overt viral infection’. It has been linked to autoimmune disorders like lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. More research needs to be done before we fully understand how many people suffer from this condition but current estimates suggest that around 20% of adults have some form of chronic virus infection which could lead them

Different types of COVID-19 tests exist, all with different implications and uses. Testing for the viral load can be done using an ELISA or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The PCR test is more accurate but it takes longer to produce results. A Western blot is used to detect antibodies in the blood while a hemagglutination inhibition assay (HAI) is used to detect antibodies in the body fluids such as saliva, tears, and urine. All three of these have their upsides and downsides that are discussed below. 

If you ever thought that COVID-19 tests have just one purpose, then you are mistaken. The reality here is that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized emergency use to more than 200 tests that detect infections like Sars-CoV-2 that precede COVID-19. 

We are all aware of the devastating effects COVID-19 has on the lives of millions of people. The world economy has had a bumpy ride, to say the least. Over the course of this pandemic crisis, the importance of reachable & trustworthy tests to detect the virus has become extremely elusive. 

Tests for COVID-19 can be divided into antigen and antibody tests, and they both take different samples from different places to test for the virus. At Covid Clinic, we stand beside health agencies and our people in this fight again this virus. Along with the supremely high quality of care, here are tests that we offer to meet the requirements of our patients.

“Right now, antibody tests just feed your curiosity about the virus.”  There are many people who have been infected with HIV but do not know it. The only way to find out is by taking an antibody test.  Antibody testing can be done at a lab or through a doctor’s office. You will need to provide blood samples and payment for both visits if you’re going through a doctor’s office. If you’re doing it on your own, there are kits that can be found online which cost around $100-$200 per kit. Either way, this is something that should not be taken lightly because of how serious it is and the consequences of having HIV without knowing it!

  • What are the different types of tests?
  • 30 Minute COVID-19 Antibody Test: 

This blood test can detect antibodies to COVID-19. It can also show that you have had the virus. Results will be ready within 30 minutes at most locations.

  • 30 Minute COVID-19 Antigen Test: 

This test is used to detect if the person is currently affected by the virus. Results will be ready within 30 minutes at most locations.

  • 30 Minute COVID-19 + Flu Combo Antigen Test:

Three in one test! We highly recommend this test be taken by everyone. This is a great tool for quickly detecting strains of COVID-19, Influenza A & Influenza B. Results will be ready within 30 minutes at most locations.

  • 1 Hour COVID-19 Molecular NAAT Test: 

This test rapidly detects an active COVID-19 infection in a patient. Results are generated in approximately one hour. 

  • 1 Hour PCR COVID-19 Test: (Best before travel)

Results are generated in an hour. (1 day in Nevada). This inexpensive test gives a very good indication of an active COVID-19 infection. This testing covers almost all travel requirements, including overnight stays. Testing is done via an anterior nares nasal swab (in front of the nose only). The test can be taken by anyone who has recently traveled to a high-risk area, even those who have rarely left the United States.

  • 1 Day PCR COVID-19 Test: Expedited RT-PCR Test;

Expedited results, as fast as 1 day. Check your location’s website for more specifics. This test satisfies most travel requirements. Specimens can be collected by nasal mid-turbinate OR nasopharyngeal swab.

  • Respiratory Pathogen Panel:

This is a PCR-based multiplexed nucleic acid test to identify multiple respiratory viral and bacterial acids obtained from infections, including COVID-19. 

Right now, antibody tests just feed your curiosity about the virus. Scientists have said that even though an individual has developed antibodies, it is not sure until how long will they be protected. 

Testing has a role to play in the current pandemic because it can provide information on the prevalence of the infection in the population and the frequency of asymptomatic infection, per the FDA.

The tests for COVID-19 are not difficult to understand, and you can find out which one is definitive in your situation. It’s important that you test early on so the right treatment plan can be put into place as soon as possible. The sooner it starts working, the better chance of a full recovery. If this has been an issue for someone close to you or if you’ve seen news about COVID-19 being detected in other areas where people live, please know that there are many options available and we’re here to help make sure those affected get testing done quickly so they have access to the best care possible!

We hope that this blog post has helped you better understand why some tests are more accurate than others. Now, it is up to you to decide which test will work best for your family’s needs and preferences. Whether the goal is a definitive diagnosis or non-invasive screening, we can help guide you through all of the available options. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

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