The Latest on COVID-19 Testing: 7 Tests & All their Details

We do not yet know if the currently-approved and available vaccines for COVID-19 will offer complete protection for a prolonged period of time, or if they will protect against all strains of the virus. Though the numbers of vaccinations have risen steadily, federal health officials agree: we still need to be wary.

Even though individual countries have made some significant strides in protecting their citizens against the virus through various vaccination programs, it’s clear that more needs to be done, as there is no universal consensus on what this means for us moving forward.

It’s also clear that there are many different ways in which humankind can combat the virus. Some countries have adopted vigorous vaccination programs, and others continue to use more traditional measures, such as quarantine or isolation of those infected by Covid. No matter how we look at it, though, it seems like we all need to come together on what works best for everyone moving forward, because without a universal consensus among nations about this issue, we may continue to experience fast-spreading infection rates across borders with no clear end in sight for now.

It’s difficult not only predicting where an outbreak is going to reoccur next, but also knowing if any one country has found a solution which would work universally against the Covid virus; moreover our lack of knowledge surrounding Covid means each individual citizen should be vigilant when traveling outside of their area.

For all these reasons, Covid Clinic was established in 2021 to provide care and testing for those with COVID-19. We at Covid Clinic are aware that testing for a virus can be more than just getting an accurate result. To accurately diagnose the virus, we test the sample for the right antibodies and bacteria. The CDC recommends testing for three objectives: diagnosis, screening, and surveillance. Each requires a different testing strategy. We promise that we will put our best foot forward to serve you to the best of our abilities.

  • What are the different types of tests?

At Covid Clinic, we offer a wide variety of tests (not all tests are available at all locations), including:

This blood test can detect antibodies for COVID-19. It’s a way for you and your healthcare provider to know whether or not the virus has been active in your body, which is especially useful if it has been more than 30 days since you were exposed. The results will be ready within as little as 30 minutes at most locations.

  • 30 Minute COVID-19 Antigen Test

This test will not only tell you if you are currently infected with the virus, but also how long ago your infection occurred. The results of this quick and painless procedure can be read within 30 minutes at most locations.

  • 30 Minute COVID-19 + Flu Combo Antigen Test

A three-in-one COVID-19 test! This quick diagnostic tool is a must-have for anyone of any age or profession. The process will take you an average of three minutes to complete, and the results are available at most locations within 30 minutes from when it was collected.

  • 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)

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. Results are generated in approximately one hour (one day in Nevada).

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

Expedited results, as fast as one 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 test that will identify the source of respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Multiplexed methods are used in PCR technology to increase detection rates and help diagnose more than one virus or bacterial infection at once using genetic sequencing for identification purposes.

At Covid Clinic, we want to help you find the right steps that will best protect your health. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are otherwise concerned about your health, reach out today at (877) 219-8378 for more information on how our experts can provide guidance tailored just for you.

We also offer a group service so that companies with multiple employees can benefit from our expertise in dealing with COVID-19 infections. Our experienced team ensures your employees and/or customers will receive high quality treatment at your business, organization, or event.

At Covid Clinic, we want you to know that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is still very real and present. You can protect yourself and others by getting tested, getting vaccinated or using other preventative measures, such as practicing safe social distancing, and avoiding contact with those who are infected. 

Conclusion: The most important thing to remember is that it’s okay if you don’t know which test is best for you. It’s important to get tested and/or vaccinated as a general precaution, and then a good doctor will assess your individual needs and work with you to create a plan, taking into account all of the variables at play. With so much information out there about various tests available on the market today, it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for an individual. However, we are here as a resource should anyone need help deciding between two or more relevant options in their search for answers. Please contact us! We’re always happy to offer our expertise by assessing each patient’s unique goals before recommending a course of treatment. There are many factors that can affect how patients respond to different types of testing, and our staff is trained to help you to make that determination.

We can’t analyze your blood pressure, turn on your lights, or remind you to turn off the stove before leaving your home, but there is one thing that we can do, and that is to remind you to take action, take precautions, and take care of yourself!

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