According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10 percent of the U.S. population (as of week 45) has tested positive for SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Though it is unclear exactly how contagious COVID-19 is, data suggests it spreads from close physical contact through respiratory droplets. These droplets are released when someone infected with the virus coughs, talks or sneezes.
COVID rapid tests are diagnostic tests used to detect the presence of COVID-19 antigens. A skilled medical assistant or physician administers the test by gently but thoroughly swabbing the throat or both nasal cavities. COVID rapid tests can return results in 1-2 business days, as opposed to the 3-5 day estimated wait for most nasal swab tests. This also allows for faster contact tracing and self-isolation to help stop the spread of the virus.
Here are five things you need to know about COVID rapid tests:
Not everyone needs to be tested. However here are a few scenarios in which COVID rapid testing is highly recommended:
If you or a loved one is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, contact Coastal Urgent Care of Ruston to reserve your spot in line. If you do get tested for SARS-CoV-2, it’s important to self-isolate at home until you receive your test results and follow the advice of your healthcare provider or public health professional.