There are essentially two broad categories of testing:
Antigen test (frequently referred to as a rapid test). This test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus. It can be done in a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital. Turnaround time for results is usually very quick and in some cases, results can be reported within 15 minutes.
PCR test. PCR testing is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test actually detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. The test can be done in a clinic, hospital, or even in your car. Turnaround time is longer, generally in the 2-3 day range but results can be in as little as 24 hours. When demand is high, results can take a week or longer.
WHO SHOULD GET A RAPID TEST?
Rapid tests are considered most accurate in a patient who is having symptoms of COVID-19. While the rapid test can get you results very quickly, the results may not always be accurate.
48 to 72 hrs – Regular PCR 24 hrs – Expedited PCR 10 minutes – Rapid Test
*Due to the current increase in covid testing & staffing shortages at our laboratory due to positive covid cases, we cannot guarantee PCR & Rapid test results will be received within a specific timeframe.
Yes, our lab certified testing results are accepted by all major airlines. It is also important to check with your destination for their requirements. Some destinations require a PCR test, while others are ok with the Rapid Antigen Test. We offer both !