Get the COVID-19 Test You Need
Understanding the different COVID-19 tests is important when it comes to knowing which one is best for you. Floyd offers the three of most common testing procedures: PCR, rapid results and antibody. Our health care experts can provide guidance to ensure you receive the test you need.
Below is a list of those tests, who should be tested, and what the tests can and cannot determine:
PCR, or molecular testing
This is the most accurate test to determine if you have an active COVID-19 infection. It is recommended for people showing symptoms and is most often done with a nasal swab. A swab is placed in one of your nostrils to get a culture. Test results may take anywhere from 2 to 3 days, but its accuracy means it seldom needs to be repeated. This test cannot determine if you previously caught the virus and have recovered.
Rapid, or antigen testing
This test can determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19, and is recommended for people showing symptoms. It is usually done with a nasal swab. The results of this test can be available in minutes, but those results are not always accurate. Rapid testing cannot determine if you previously caught the virus and have recovered.
This test can determine if you previously had COVID-19 and if you have developed antibodies that may fight the virus. This is a blood test and requires that your finger be pricked or blood be drawn. It cannot determine if you currently have the virus. It may take days to get the results and sometimes another test might be needed.
Contact your Floyd physician or visit a Floyd Urgent Care location if you need to receive a COVID test.