For the last year, people all over the world fought for their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. These restrictions and added hazards were a problem for everyone. Whether you work in healthcare, found yourself under the title of an essential worker, or were just your average student stuck inside – we all felt the impact of the pandemic in one way or another.
While trying to maintain some normalcy level, countries across the globe fought in their way to keep values down with increasingly limited resources. Luckily, throughout this event, there were great strides made in corona testing techniques. Now, tests are more available than ever.
What are corona tests?
There are different types of testing techniques used to find the presence of the virus.
What is PCR?
PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, refers to a method of replicating targeting genetic material within a sample to make it easier to observe. In terms of corona tests, the samples obtained from suspected patients undergo these techniques to multiple traces of the corona vaccine.
Having all of those corona copies makes the disease more obvious. It only works to show when the disease is active in a system. While these are highly accurate, they also take some time to get results.
What are the antigen tests?
Also known as rapid tests, antigen tests detect the protein fragments related to the virus. Someone that tests positive can highly rely on these results. Unfortunately, false negatives run high. Currently, facilities recommend performing multiple tests in the case of a suspicious negative.
These tests are still critical as they get results incredibly quickly.
Why is this important?
Even though PCR tests take less than two days to get results, they fail compared to the antigen tests in terms of time.
A new study published in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and University of Colorado Boulder researchers found that, when conducted properly, frequent, rapid testing could significantly reduce the virus in a matter of weeks.
Even compared to relying upon the more accurate PCR tests, rapid testing significantly outperformed PCR tests in model projections.
Their data was in reference to consistently testing half of the population every week.
Does everyone need to get tested?
Although specific individuals need testing more than others (especially those who exhibit signs of the virus), testing people without symptoms is essential. Many people who test positive for corona have no symptoms at all! While this means they are not at a personal health risk, they are at risk of spreading the disease to someone vulnerable to the signs.
Defeating this virus is a team effort that involves all of our participation to bring society back to a sense of normalcy.
Are you looking for more information on testing? Our team at PCR-DX is here to help! Our talented team of professionals is here to give you the resources and information you need to stay informed. Our cutting-edge facilities offer top-of-the-line tech to help with all your testing needs.
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.”