Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19 look for IgM antibodies to indicate early immune response in people recently infected, and IgG antibodies to indicate later stage immune response in those who have recovered. Antigen tests can be administered quickly and inexpensively without lab testing, but have higher risk of false-positive results than RT-PCR tests. Because of this, they are most effective when administered on a recurring cadence, and as part of larger testing protocol.
Both PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests are offered at Center of Advanced Wellness - but what's the difference between the two? Read on to find out and determine which test is right for you!
Rapid Antigen Tests use a sample of your DNA typically collected using a nasal swab. These tests look for the presence of COVID-19 antigens (or antibodies), and can be used to determine whether a patient has been exposed to the virus. While these results come back faster than PCR tests (typically within a few hours), they are known to be less accurate than the standard PCR tests. Still, this is a good option for those who need to know whether they've been infected with COVID-19 quickly.
PCR Tests use a small sample of your DNA taken with a nasal swab, and results are typically available in 3-10 days after a laboratory analysis. The test looks for the presence of viral nucleic acids and tells if a person is currently infected with the virus. This method of testing usually allows for even the smallest amount of COVID-19 material to be detected. This test is highly sensitive and accurate, and is the preferred method for diagnosing COVID-19.
• We will help you implement a custom return-to-work protocol for your unique needs that reduces the risk through regular antibody testing, temperature check, virtual screenings, telehealth, contract tracing, PPE supplies, and more.
• Our locations in Texas are conveniently located to help you get the tests you need, when you need them.
• If you need your company employees or your senior center's staff and residents tested, we will come to you.
We are conveniently located throughout Texas to help meet your needs. Whether you need a Rapid Antigen Test or a standard PCR test, we're here to help you. Select a location below to get started!
5550 Warren Parkway, Ste. 120
Frisco, TX 75034
Office: (469) 905-3780
8723 Botts Lane
San Antonio, TX 78217
Office: (210) 999-5523
3107 TPC PKWY, Ste. 102
San Antonio, TX 78259
Office: (210) 905-0663
Are you ready to schedule your PCR or Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test? Contact us below to get started, or call the office nearest you!
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