20 Oct What You Should Know About The Rapid Covid-19 Test
The rapid Covid-19 test, also known as an antigen test, is designed to look for particular proteins on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) virus. During your appointment, your clinician will produce a sample from either your nasal cavity or your throat. This test is processed onsite, and your results are usually ready within 15 minutes.
Types of antigen tests
There are two forms of rapid antigen tests.
- Nasal swab: Your nurse will use a long cotton swab to extract a fluid sample from your sinus cavity.
- Throat swab: Your nurse will use a long cotton swab to take a saliva sample from the back of your throat.
Are the rapid Covid-19 test and the PCR test the same?
Although both tests are usually performed with a nasal swab, the rapid Covid-19 test is not the same as the RT-PCR test. The rapid antigen test will be processed onsite, whereas the RT-PCR test requires lab analysis.
It’s important to remember that although the antigen test is done quickly, it does have a higher rate of false positives and false negatives (incorrect results) than the RT-PCR test.
Who should get it?
You should consider getting tested if…
- You have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19
- You are showing symptoms of Covid-19
- You need a test with fast results
- If you’re travelling
- If you’re often in contact with the public, such as retail or restaurant workers, first responders, health care workers, an assisted living employee, or correctional institution staff
Discuss with your primary care doctor for their advice as to which type of Covid test you should get.
How quickly can you obtain the results?
Results for your rapid Covid-19 antigen test will come back within 15 minutes.
What is the cost of a rapid Covid-19 antigen test?
The price is variable and is contingent on where you obtain the test. The test may be insured by your provider if performed at a drive-in or community testing location. In-home services may have some associated costs.
Does insurance cover the test?
Most insurers do cover testing. However, it’s best that you check with your health insurance provider to learn more about what is in fact covered. They will also provide information regarding any out-of-pocket expenses and other fees.
Where can you get a rapid Covid-19 test?
You can get a rapid Covid-19 test at many drive-in, community, and campus testing centers. Many clinics and urgent care facilities offer rapid Covid tests. You can also get tested using in-home medical services.
Can you get a rapid antigen test at home?
Yes and no.
- You cannot get a rapid antigen test at home with a DIY kit at this time.
- Medical services such as Concierge MD can facilitate testing in the home.
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At-Home Covid-19 Tests With Concierge MD
If you don’t want to leave your home but want a rapid antigen test, a RT-PCR test, or an antibody test, Concierge MD can take care of all your testing needs with in-home appointments. Health and safety standards are of paramount importance to us: our certified nurses wear medical-grade protective gear and practice social distancing as much as possible for a safe, convenient test with prompt results.