The antigen test consists of a quick oral or nasal swab that quickly show you a result within 10-15 minutes with no lab work required.
If you are asymptomatic, we will conduct the rapid antigen test initially in order to determine whether or not you are required to take the PCR test as well.
If you are symptomatic, we will conduct the rapid antigen test initially in order to determine whether or not you should be taking the proper safety precautions while you wait for your PCR test results to finalize.
The antigen testing procedure.
The antibody test is a simple finger-prick (similar to blood-glucose draws) that we use to collect a very small sample of blood in order to test whether or not you have had previous encounters with the virus.
The antibody test provides us with knowledge on your previous exposures to the virus, this allows you to contact people you have been in contact with and inform them that you may have been a carrier recently.
Immunity is not implied if your test is concluded positive as it is known that there may be variant SARS-CoV-2 strains. Currently, the safest way to ensure your safety from contracting the virus is through government-approved vaccination programs
If you are interested in learning more about how antibodies work and how they relate to COVID-19, click the link below for the CDC page detailing that information.
Sometimes referred to as the molecular test, this COVID-19 test detects the genetic material (RNA) of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
This test is considered the gold standard for detecting trace amounts of SARS-CoV-2 within days from the exposure event and up to weeks after.
Currently, the PCR test is the only accepted testing method considered by government agencies for permitting flights and other similar undertakings.
The PCR testing procedure.