What can we expect from corona tests?

The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm in 2020. The virus took nations across the globe by surprise as few were ready for the journey we were about to take. If you think back to those early days several months ago, you may remember one of the chief problems was testing.  

In the early days of the pandemic, testing was challenging. There wasn’t a need to have such a specific test up until this point. Even after developing an accurate detection technique, there was a shortage of tests around the world. It sometimes felt impossible and overwhelming to even get everyone tested. The situation forced medical professionals to be conservative with their testing efforts. These behaviors are not something that positively contributes to the crisis.  

To control the situation and make sure that we could manage and track the spread of infection, we needed widespread way to test for corona. Thanks to the efforts of countless researchers, we now have several major coronavirus testing initiatives active. With advanced techniques and more open testing facilities, coronavirus experts advanced pandemic control efforts.  

One of the essential elements of controlling this disaster is to spread awareness and education. You don’t need to be an expert immunologist to understand how these tests work. Consider the following crash course to the popular corona tests on the market today: 

  • PCR 

PCR tests are a highly used technique to detect active infections. Essentially, if you want to test a sick person, this is what you would use. These tests use unique methods to multiply a virus within a sample to make its genetic material more visible. There are several areas doctors derive samples from. While nasal and throat swabs are more popular, current studies aim to develop reliable saliva tests.  

  • Antigen 

Like PCR tests, antigen tests detect active infections. They do not detect corona the same way, though. These tests look for specific viral proteins instead. While these tests are not always as accurate as PCR tests, they are incredibly fast. They can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. Doctors may conduct further tests in the event of a suspicious negative, but this is a quick way to detect the virus if it comes back positive.  

  • Antibody  

When your body comes into contact with a foreign agent, your body uses the agent’s makeup to come up with little defense mechanisms. These antibodies are a sign that a virus has, at one point, been in your body. Doctors take blood tests to detect the presence of specific corona antibodies. While these tests may confirm that you had corona at one point, they are not reliable for detecting the active virus.  

Talk to your doctor about corona testing if you have any questions or concerns. You must contact the appropriate facilities if you believe you came into contact with an infected individual.  

Are you looking for more information on the latest affordable testing solutions? Our team of talented individuals at PCR-DX is here to help you navigate our services offered by 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.”