What Do Each Of The 3 Types Of COVID-19 Tests Tell Us!

Covid Tests

If you’ve ever had a flu shot or taken your child to the doctor for a throat infection, then you’re likely familiar with covert testing. While it’s not the most exciting topic in the world, there are three main types of covert tests that will be very important to your understanding of how you can ensure your health is where it needs to be. We break down the differences between these three types of tests and what they mean for you and your loved ones!

  • Diagnostic tests:

A diagnostic test is a medical test used to help to determine or confirm a diagnosis. A diagnostic test is often performed to rule out a disease or condition, which in this case is Covid. A diagnostic test is not the same as a screening test, which is performed to find diseases or conditions that may or may not require treatment.
-A screening test is simply a diagnostic test that people have to take.
-A wellness test, on the other hand, is a test used in order to analyze physical changes related to a disease. 

They’re often used when you want to find out the overall health of your body, and if they are currently taking medication that may be affecting your health. There are some exceptions to this, however. Yes, you read that right, a wellness test does not require taking any prescription medication. You are simply giving your health a thorough assessment, and next time you have a health inspection or your doctor looks at you, these changes may be displayed! 

While these are not commonly asked for with other tests or even medical exams, you may want to know if you have low blood pressure, are experiencing dizziness, meltdowns, or sudden shifts in mental states. Knowing this type of information may help your doctor or health professional make a proper diagnosis if you do end up having a medical emergency. This type of testing is usually done at the doctor’s office since most health centers have a centralized location where patients receive their medical exams. 

  • Antigen Tests:

An antigen test measures the immune response to a specific allergen. For example, if you’re allergic to cats, a test will show your body’s reaction to cat dander. If you’re allergic to nuts, a test will show your body’s reaction to peanuts. 

-An Antigen Test is useful to develop an allergy treatment plan.
-The second type of test looks at Common Variants (CV) in your blood. These variants are the DNA sequences inherited under the control of your mother. It’s estimated there are over 500,000 possible CVs. When your immune system targets a certain part of your body, this is called a tissue injury. Treating this injury not only helps to fix the trigger(s) but also prevents additional injuries to your body. This is known as Antigen Sparing Tissue injuries.
-Finally, we have a Whole-Genome Sequencing Test. A whole-genome scan is a revolutionary process that analyses the entire genetic code of your blood and other tissues. Because it’s an in-depth look into your own genetic code, you can use this test to pinpoint any changes in your body and will thus be able to fix any inherent defects in your immune function or develop more targeted, effective therapies.

  • Antibody Tests:

Antibodies are Y-shaped proteins used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign substances, such as bacteria and viruses. Antibodies can also be used to detect the presence of particular substances in the body, such as COVID-19. 

There are two main types of antibodies:
Systemic Antibodies; attached to the glycopeptide chains of proteins on the surface of cells and are responsible for attacking and destroying those molecules. This is what our white blood cells use to detect foreign substances, such as bacteria, in order to attack them and destroy them. –Local Antibodies; This type of antibody, which is what we secrete in response to an infection, targets a pre-existing receptor on the surface of a cell. The antibody enters the cell and attaches to the particular site of infection, freezing it and rendering it unable to replicate. Local antibodies are sort of like mini-armies ready to go. The battle is then joined by a second type of antibody that attacks the replicating virus. 

We secrete both types of antigens after an infection in order to attack and destroy the infection as quickly as possible! When an antibody is binding to a specific protein, often the simplest way to distinguish locally vs systemic antibodies is by looking at the shape of the antibody molecule. This is because antibodies are very specific, sticking to a particular shape and having a specific number of amino acids. 

  • Recovery Rates & How To Ensure Your Health Is Where It Needs To Be:

-Your health is a major piece of the puzzle if you want to do well in your work and life. It’s important to listen to your body and make sure you’re properly taking care of yourself. A lot of that is hidden from us.
-If you’re going to be taking any kind of drug outside of a prescription, make sure you know how it affects you, and take care of yourself well. It can save you a lot of stress and heartache later on down the road.
-Medication should be used as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes getting enough sleep, moving around the body, and eating a healthy diet. It is an amazing tool in your health arsenal, but it is also something that can do a number on your psyche. Medications sometimes cause issues when they’re not used properly. 

Here are some things to consider if you’re taking medication:
-If you or someone you love takes medication, you might be wondering how you will know if your medication is still effective.
-A good place to measure effectiveness is with a specific drug reference value. This will tell you how well the medication is working through any potential side effects. You can google “best effect reference values” to look it up for the specific drug you’re taking.
-If the medication doesn’t have a specific effect on how you’re feeling, calculating the reference value can help you figure out if there are any other factors that could be affecting your mood. 

The three types of covert tests include functional, physical, and psychological tests. You can tell which kind of test you need to take by knowing how the test will be applied.
-If you are taking a test that will be used to determine how well you are functioning at the moment, then you have a functional test.
-If you have a test for your current symptoms and any vulnerabilities you might have, then you have a physical test.
-Finally, if you want to know how well you’re coping with stressors, then you’ll need to ask some questions about your stress levels and behavior patterns. 

The positives of COVID-19 are comparatively numerous, and although there is a lot of pain, misery, and tears involved, it is indeed a good thing. As we take a step back to look at how we got here, we will see that undetected COVID-19 was likely not the only cause of our current pandemic health situation, and we’re sheer lucky that it didn’t cause a much greater impact if it could. Luckily, this newly discovered condition does not have too many noticeable side effects — neither for yourself nor anyone else.

With a vaccine on the horizon, we can all look forward to a totally normal and wonderful future. Unfortunately, it is entirely possible that there could be some setbacks along the way, as has been the case with every vaccine from the classic smallpox vaccine through to the most recent vaccines for COVID-19. 

When you understand the differences between these three types of covert tests, you’ll know better how to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Know what kind of test you need before you see the doctor so that you can make the most accurate diagnosis possible!

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