Welcome to COVID-19 Tests: Separating Fact from Fiction, where we’ll explore an urgent care clinic perspective on the different COVID-19 tests and their accuracy. The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all feel a little loopy, but we’re here to help you navigate the dizzying world of COVID-19 tests. Let’s dive in!
What Are the Different COVID-19 Tests?
There are three types of COVID-19 tests:
- Molecular tests (also called PCR tests): These tests detect genetic material from the virus in respiratory samples and are considered the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19.
- Antigen tests: These tests detect viral proteins in respiratory samples and are faster than molecular tests, but less accurate.
- Antibody tests: These tests detect antibodies produced by the body in response to the virus and can indicate if someone has been infected in the past, but they cannot diagnose a current infection.
How Accurate Are COVID-19 Tests?
The accuracy of COVID-19 tests can vary depending on the type of test, the quality of the test, and the timing of the test. Molecular tests are considered the most accurate, with a sensitivity of around 95%, meaning they can correctly identify 95% of people with COVID-19. Antigen tests are less accurate, with a sensitivity of around 80-85%, meaning they can correctly identify 80-85% of people with COVID-19.
When to Get Tested
It’s important to get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been in a high-risk setting. At AfterOurs Urgent Care, we offer a wide range of COVID-19 in-house rapid tests and the ability to send samples collected out for culture or RNA analysis to our lab partners.
The Urgent Care Clinic Difference
At AfterOurs Urgent Care, we understand that COVID-19 can be a real headache – but we’re here to help! Our experienced healthcare providers can help you navigate the different types of COVID-19 tests and provide you with the care and support you need to stay healthy.
There you have it, folks! A guide to COVID-19 tests with humor, personality, and helpful information. Remember to get tested if you have symptoms or have been in a high-risk setting, and seek medical care if you are feeling unwell. Here’s to staying healthy and COVID-free!