Corona Testing 101

With corona spreading so rapidly, you’ve probably heard a lot about testing. Testing is a crucial component of pandemic management, as it provides invaluable insight. COVID test results allow researchers to characterize the risks and symptoms while identifying vulnerable populations and recovery statistics.  

Additionally, information obtained through testing allows agencies to monitor the spread of disease and learn which individuals must remain isolated. Without testing, we would be incomplete chaos without any information on how to contain or defeat a disease.  

It is so crucial that you contact a doctor and isolate yourself if you have any suspicious symptoms. If it comes down to testing, what should you expect? 

Types of test 

Diagnostic tests and antibody tests detect the coronavirus. The two tests detect different things and offer different types of information.  

diagnostic test investigates whether or not you are actively infected. By using special molecular techniques, such as polymerase chain reactions (PCR), scientists can detect the presence of a particular agent in your sample. It works by looking for specific genetic material. If you test positive, it means you are currently infected and likely contagious. Yes, even if you have no symptoms, you can still pass the disease to someone else who may react harshly. If you test positive, you should follow the appropriate quarantine procedures. These tests are highly accurate.  

An antibody test, or serological test, investigates whether or not you’ve ever had a particular disease. When you encounter a virus, your body uses that information to create something called antibodies. Antibodies are in your samples after the virus ran its course. If you test positive, you know that you had the disease at one point. These tests cannot show that you do not presently have corona and often require a follow-up test.  

How are the samples collected? 

Obtaining a sample for a COVID-10 test is done in one of three ways.  

Point-of-care/ Rapid diagnostic testsUse mucus samples. Using a swab, a doctor takes a mucus sample from your nose or throat and performs the test relatively quickly. Some clinics perform tests on-site and have results available in a couple of minutes.  

Saliva tests: Instead of a swab, saliva tests require patients to spit directly into a test tube. Thi procedure s is less invasive and also less risky to perform for health care providers.  

At-home collection: In some cases, doctors prescribe a home collection test. You perform the sample collection yourself and send it directly to a lab.  

These tests are crucial for obtaining an accurate diagnosis. If you express any symptoms or came into contact with a known infected person, contact your primary care physician immediately.  

If put under quarantine mandates – follow them. These regulations are inconvenient, but they are for public safety.  

For more information regarding how to get affordable, reliable testing solutions today, contact us as PCR-DX. Our team of dedicated professions is here to help you learn more about our cutting-edge facilities.  

About PCR-Dx Diagnostic 

At PCR-Dx Diagnostic, our mission is to provide our physician and practitioner clients and their patients with cutting-edge, all-inclusive PCR-based diagnostic services. Our goal is to enable medical professionals to make quick and accurate diseases diagnoses on their patients in line with our motto of “accurate testing and fast results.”