We have been experiencing a pandemic now for almost a year and a half, but as we move along, people have been slowly returning to their everyday activities and adapting to these new ways of living yet being careful not to spread this virus anymore. As part of the same new habits, being able to find a rapid coronavirus test nearby has become a priority.
Coronavirus tests are more common every day since they are needed not only to check up on your health, but to be able to go back to work, to verify that you did not contract the virus after being in possible contact with it, to protect your family and even to be able to travel safely. Remember that most airlines require a test before traveling and, if you did not have time to plan ahead, a rapid test is the ideal one.
What types of tests are there?
There are three main types of tests. Molecular and antigen tests are both diagnostic tests, meaning that they show if you have an active COVID-19 infection and need to quarantine or isolate. Antibody tests on the other hand look for antibodies in your immune system as a result of having had a coronavirus infection.
Samples for molecular and antigen tests are collected with nasal or nasopharyngeal swabs, although some of them can also be collected through saliva swabs, while antibody tests are collected through blood samples from a fingerstick or vein.
For antigen and antibody tests, a second test might be needed to confirm results since false positives can happen; molecular tests are usually highly accurate and do not need a second test.
Recently, at-home tests started to gain popularity, but the results of these tests are not accepted everywhere, and false positives and false negatives can really affect the current situation.
Rapid tests are a kind of antigen test, the sample is collected through nasal or nasopharyngeal tests, they are normally highly accurate, and you can have the results back in 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the test. These kinds of tests are highly recommended when you need a fast result and their results are usually accepted everywhere.
When should I get a test?
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, even after vaccination
- If you had or think you had contact with someone confirmed to be infected
- If you were involved in high-risk activities such as traveling, attending large social events or being in crowded indoor spaces or if you are going to be (to protect others)
- If your health care provider requested it
- If your workplace or school requested it
Where can I find a rapid coronavirus test near me?
COVID-19 tests are available at no cost all around the country at health centers and selected pharmacies. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act establishes that COVID-19 testing is free to anyone in the United States, even if you do not have insurance.
Medical Centers were and still are one of the main tools to fight the pandemic, they are still a leading role for screening, testing and vaccinating.
To find a Health Care Center that provides tests and/or vaccinations, the Country, as well as the U.S. Department of Social Services, have an online website where you can enter your address, and it will give you a list of results with the closest Medical Centers to you. You can call directly to the centers to find out which kind of tests they offer.
At Formé Medical Center, we have different kinds of tests according to your needs. We can offer PCR, antigen, antibody, and rapid tests for our patients, as well as tests for companies or events. Remember that with our rapid tests, you get your results in minutes.
Take into consideration that even with rapid tests and coronavirus vaccines, the disease still exist and we are still in a pandemic situation, therefore, it is important to keep following the recommended measures to stop the virus from spreading.