The Testing Co. is able to offer 3 types of COVID-19 free tests to suit your needs and requirements. Whether you needs results in a few days or a few minutes or just need to determine exposure to COVID-19, we will help you determine what will work best for you.
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3 available covid-19 tests
Often called the “rapid test”, the results of an Antigen Test are available in about 15 Minutes using the BD Veritor Rapid Test device. This method is best when you cannot wait several days for test results and best used when there has been known contact with an infected person. ***Note: If a patient received a negative test result from an Antigen test but has persistent symptoms of COVID-19 infection, having a Molecular test performed is recommended.
Molecular Testing is used to detect an active COVID-19 infection. By using saliva, an oral swab, or a nasal swab, it is the most accurate for determining Infection. Using FDA approved labs and the strictest testing guidelines, test results will be Provided in 24 – 72 hourstnegative test result from an Antigen test but has persistent symptoms of COVID-19 infection, having a Molecular test performed is recommended.
The Antibody Test is used to detect past COVID-19 exposure, NOT an active infection. Antibody Tests cannot also not be used to determine if someone is contagious. After a finger prick or blood draw, our FDA approved lab will process the sample, looking for antibodies produced naturally by the body after exposure. ***Note: If a patient has a positive Antibody Test, it cannot be assumed they are Immune to future infection
Nasal and Oral Swabs are currently the most widely used form of collection for PCR and Antigen Testing. Nasal swabbing can be performed in the anterior (superficial) nose, mid-nasal or in the nasopharynx (deep nasal). Nasopharyngeal (deep nasal) swabbing is the most accurate as it has the highest likelihood of collecting viral specimen. It is also the most uncomfortable. Anterior nasal and oral swabbing is the least accurate as it has the least likely chance of obtaining viral load. Both anterior
Saliva Testing has become increasingly more popular but is less available due to laboratories not having an EUA for this collection method. Studies have shown it to be just as accurate and it is much more comfortable as the patient can self collect by just spitting into a cup or other salivary collection tube.