COVID-19 tests explainedCOVID-19 Tests Explained

There are two kinds of tests available for COVID-19 testing, viral and rapid antibody tests. Viral tests check samples from your respiratory system. The test involves swabbing the nasal cavity and results usually come back within 3-5 days. A rapid antibody test might tell you if you have had a past infection. The test involves a finger prick that tests for antibodies in your blood and results take 10-15 minutes.

PCR molecular viral test

  • Nasal swab
  • To discover whether you have an active virus, we perform PCR tests with a nasal or oral swab. PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, is used to amplify trace amounts of DNA or RNA. That is, it makes many more identical copies of the sample. This helps the lab technician to determine with a very high probability the identity of the source.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19. Self isolate and seek medical advice if your symptoms worsen.
  • If you test negative for COVID-19.  You have been diligent and not contracted the virus, continue these measure per the Center of Disease Control Recommendations
  • Self-Pay $110 per test

Antigen test

  • Nasal swab
  • If you test positive for the virus, self isolate and seek medical advice if your symptoms worsen.
  • If you test negative a PCR test is recommended to rule out infection
  • Results within 15 minutes
  • Self-Pay $110 per test

Antibody test

  • Finger prick test that checks your blood for antibodies which may tell you if you had a past infection.
  • If you test positive this means that you have proteins that help fight off infections
  • If you test negative you never had the virus
  • Results are within 15 minutes
  • Self-Pay $110 per test

All tests are FDA approved under EUA.

For more information on COVID-19 tests and test accuracy

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Coronavirus info from Woodlands Functional Family Medicine

At Woodlands Functional Family Medicine, Dr. Nangrani provides dedicated care for all the family. She is an experienced and trusted practitioner with years of experience.

You, our client, are our top priority here at Woodlands Functional Family Medicine. Located in The Woodlands, Texas, our North Houston office is conveniently located only 10 minutes from I-45 and a step off The Woodlands Parkway. We accept most major insurance policies. Come get acquainted with Dr. Nangrani, our board-certified Medical Director. She has practiced for over 15 years. Please call our office to schedule your appointment.

 

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