What should I expect from a corona test?

By now, you’ve probably seen the viral post going around warning you about social distancing and staying away from parties. While meant to convince people to socially distant, many find the image of a corona test uncomfortable and have questions about the experience.   

First off, if you are in the situation where you need to consider COVID testing – don’t panic. Millions of people across the globe underwent testing without any damages. There are some things you may want to know to set your expectations about your testing experience.  

Should I get tested? 

Not everyone that walks into a clinic receives a corona test. In many areas, testing is limited, and the resources are for special cases. Of course, this is not a decision which you should take on your own. Whether or not you undergo testing is a decision for your physician to make. 

If they suggest that you should take a test – then you really should do it. It is not only for your safety but for the safety of those around you as well.  

Does it hurt? 

There are several different techniques to test for COVID. The most popular, PCR, requires a sample. Most doctors obtain samples by performing a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab. NP swabs can be a bit uncomfortable, but they are quick and mostly painless.  

A doctor may conduct a nasal or throat swab to obtain samples as well. While these are less invasive, they also lead to less accurate results.  

What should I do while I’m waiting for the results? 

In most cases, results are not immediate. PCR tests are fast, but due to coordination between labs and physicians (as well as managing the influx of tests received), you may expect to wait for a couple of days.  

Until you get your official corona results, you should self-isolate. This quarantine helps limit the spread if you have the disease. Talk to your school or place of work to make arrangements in the meantime.  

Once you get your official results, you can either go about addressing COVID or returning to your daily life.  

What if I test positive? 

If you test positive, contact everyone you came into close contact within the last few weeks. It would help if you let them know about the exposure. Even if they do not display symptoms, encourage them to seek testing to ensure they don’t accidentally spread the disease to vulnerable parties.  

How accurate are coronavirus tests?  

While PCR tests are considered accurate, we do not have an exact number on how accurate they are. It’s important to point out that no test is 100% accurate. We should still trust these tools as they are the most accurate options we have and our most potent defense against the pandemic.  

In these uncertain times, you can count on PCR-DX to deliver fast and accurate testing solutions. Our cutting edge facilities offer reliable results without breaking the bank. Our team of specially trained experts is waiting to help you and get you the solutions you need.  

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.”