03 Oct Mobile Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 – At-Home & On-Site Corporate
What Is A COVID-19 Antigen Test?
A COVID-19 antigen test is a nasal swab or throat swab that is designed to detect an active case of COVID-19.
What’s the difference between an antigen test and a PCR test?
The antigen test is designed to look for specific proteins located on the surface coating of the virus. The antigen test is not the same as the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) nasal swab test, which detects an active infection through fragments of the virus’s genetic material.
How quickly can you expect results?
Your results are generally available within 15 minutes of your test since antigen tests do not need to be sent to a lab for processing.
How An In-Home Antigen Test Is Done
The in-home COVID-19 antigen test with Concierge MD LA is simple and only takes a few minutes. A registered nurse comes to your home with all the equipment and protective gear needed to safely administer the test. The nurse takes a nasal swab sample from you and processes the sample on site. After your results have returned, the nurse will discuss what the results mean and recommend next steps as needed.
Is the COVID-19 antigen test accurate?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a positive antigen is considered accurate. However, antigen tests do have higher rates of returning false negatives than PCR tests. This means that the antigen test may miss an active infection.
What Are Antigen Test False Positives And False Negatives?
False positives and false negatives are incorrect test results where the opposite is actually true.
- False positive: The test returns as ‘positive’ even though the patient is not actually sick.
- False negative: Although the individual is sick, the antigen test result is ‘negative’.
Since you will likely resume life as normal if you do not think you have COVID-19, a false negative can potentially cause you to spread the virus. False positives, on the other hand, can lead to unnecessary costs, concerns, and treatments. Your nurse may recommend that you get a PCR test to verify the results of your antigen test depending on your circumstances.
Safe In-Home Antigen and PCR Tests With Concierge MD LA
Concierge MD LA makes it easy to get tested for COVID-19 by bringing safe and convenient antigen or PCR tests directly to you. For your safety, our nurses wear protective equipment such as medical-grade masks and gloves and practice social distancing as much as possible during your appointment..
Learn more and book an appointment for our COVID-19 antigen or PCR tests here.