Types Of COVID-19 Tests The Significance of Each One
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 simple theory goes that if you do get diagnosed with COVID and a COVID-19 test comes back positive, there’s a good chance you have the virus. Being positive just means you had a COVID-19 test that came back positive but there’s no way to know exactly how much of the virus you’ve got. This is why the CDC recommends using the ELISA test, which uses a larger sample size and is less likely to give an incorrect result.
Once you get confirmed positive for COVID-19, you’re at high risk for developing COVID-19 fully and it’s at this point, the protective measures start to fall away and you might be more susceptible to other infections and serious complications. Having too much viral load is less of a problem if less than 1% of your total weight is impacted by the virus. An estimated 90–95% of people who test positive get a lower impact level than this (less than 10% weight), but this still equates to as much as a 1-in-5 chance of passing on the virus. In addition, COVID-19 can lie dormant in your body for months or even years. The longer you have the virus in your body, the less likely you are to be infected again by close contact, including close friends and family.
Very rarely though, COVID-19 reemerges and causes a new infection. Testing negative means there’s a very small (less than 1%) chance you’ve possibly been infected by close contact and you don’t need to worry anymore. When people first start getting tested for COVID-19, they’re told to keep their distance from others until the results come back negative. This is because the virus is contagious even before symptoms show. Being around someone who’s sick makes it more likely that you will unknowingly come into contact with the virus and then you become contagious too. The rule of thumb is to avoid being around anybody but your healthcare provider, close friends, and family. The vast majority of people who test negative don’t have to worry because once COVID-19 enters your body, your immune system fights it off, making it unlikely that it will come back to infect you again. This is called antibody-mediated immunity and it’s great protection against illness. People need to take precautions when traveling and if changes to date from when you got the COVID-19 infection is positive.
Penetrating test – This type of COVID test is used to identify COVID-19 inside the body. It produces a slimy substance and identifies the pathogen causing the infection. A small tube with a mucus-like substance is placed into the bloodstream. During the test process, a small piece of the pathogen embedded in the material is shed into a container to be examined under a microscope. Detection of COVID-19 within the bloodstream requires special COVID-19 testing equipment. However, if the test is positive, the infection will be immediately apparent. Depending on which type of test is done, the pathogen may be identified far sooner. However, given the large number of people who will need to be tested (up to 150 million), the testing is costly. “In the United States, every time you have a COVID-19 test, you have 80,000 people who need to get tested. So it’s a huge endeavor. It’s a huge logistical effort.” Chronic COVID-19 Test – This type of test requires patients to take enzyme therapy to replace the missing enzyme in the immune system.
Initially, this treatment is supposed to cause mild symptoms and make the patient feel better until the mutated enzyme is re-utilized by the immune system. However, if the condition worsens, the patient may develop life-threatening symptoms. A less invasive test (COVID computational test) is available to detect the condition early. Testing this way promises to prevent untimely death. “This is a vaccine to prevent one of the greatest killers of people around the world. And yet, it’s proven that we have to have very aggressive initial treatment before anything happens.” The second type of COVID-19 test identifies the presence of the virus in the nasal or throat fluid without medical intervention. This is aimed at testing pilots or other people recovering from COVID. Regression test – This type of test is designed to detect a future relapse of COVID-19, a very rare event. A small sample of the patient’s nasal or throat fluid is replaced with a bacteria-filled suspension that is allowed to grow for 24 hours. After repeating the test multiple times, if a positive result is given, the infection is indicated. Regression tests require patients to regularly take enzyme supplements to maintain a good conversion rate. Testing regresses the rate of sores and prevents infections. However, it only works in about 80% of cases. In a recent clinical test, 30% of patients had failed to respond to the test. Price of Testing – The cost of different testing types and regressive tests depends on the testing supplier.
- 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 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 PCR-based multiplexed nucleic acid test is used to identify multiple respiratory viral and bacterial acids obtained from infections, including COVID-19.
A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test produces a distinct white or clear cross-section on a specific section of your genetic material. This test can detect any traces of DNA, including small amounts of viral RNA. These tests show whether you have a bad COVID-19 infection, or you don’t have one. It’s usually done under a microscope or by using an implant. Some doctors think that the blood tests “rule” from the CDC is flawed. Yes, the results are 99% accurate. Conclusion: The correct answer to whether you have an infection is usually yes. Some people will be able to tell with certainty if they have had an infection with these tests. However, they shouldn’t be a constant reminder of going to the doctor.