Rapid COVID Antibody Testing

Rapid COVID Antibody Testing in Alexandria VA

If you believe you may have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been in contact recently with someone who has COVID-19, contact PACS Urgent Care today to schedule a rapid COVID antibody test. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Alexandria VA, and Ruther glen VA.

Rapid COVID Antibody Testing Near Me in Alexandria VA
Rapid COVID Antibody Testing Near Me in Alexandria VA

Table of Contents:

Where can I get COVID testing in Alexandria?
How accurate are rapid COVID-19 tests?
Where can I get a rapid COVID test in Alexandria?
Are PCR and Rapid COVID-19 tests the same?

Where can I get COVID testing in Alexandria?


COVID testing can be done at any urgent care or primary care clinic that offers it, including PACS Urgent Care located in Alexandria, VA. Our COVID tests are administered on-site by one of our urgent care physicians, nurses, or nurse assistants. The COVID test will identify if you have a current COVID-19 virus infection or not within 30 minutes to an hour. During your visit, you will be screened before being administered the COVID-19 test. To visit and schedule your COVID test at PACS Urgent Care in Alexandra, VA, either secure a spot online through our appointments app or call to schedule your appointment.

How accurate are rapid COVID-19 tests?


Rapid COVID-19 tests are used to help diagnose patients that have a respiratory pathogen. The pathogens that are found include influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed the use of antigen tests for emergency use to identify COVID-19.

Rapid COVID-19 tests identify the existence of the specific viral antigen. If the antigen is identified during a rapid COVID-19 test, it means you have a current viral infection. Rapid COVID-19 tests produce fast results and most are done in a matter of 15 – 30 minutes.

Certain COVID-19 tests will be recommended on a few factors including where you are staying (nursing home, home where many family members live, dormitories, etc.)

Research has suggested that rapid COVID-19 tests are on average 80% accurate at detecting the COVID-19 virus (as well as the variants) in comparison to other tests which are less accurate.

Where can I get a rapid COVID test in Alexandria?


Rapid COVID Antigen tests use a paper-based platform, which uses inexpensive technology to help more accurately and quickly detect analytes. The technology works to provide results in around 15 minutes, with a nasal swab being taken and then soaked in a solution to encourage the virus to release its antigen proteins, the sample will then be placed on a test strip where the solution sample will move through the paper and react with the SARS-CoV-2-antigen specific antibodies that are placed on the strip. If the antigens are present in your nasal swab sample, this test will trigger the color chemicals and create a line showing positive on the test strip.

As previously stated, just like COVID tests, rapid COVID-19 antigen tests can be completed a many urgent care or primary care clinics that offer the service including PACS Urgent Care located in Alexandra, VA. All of our rapid COVID antigen tests are administered onsite through one of our healthcare technicians. Your results will be provided to you around 15 minutes after the nasal swab has been completed.

If you are interested in scheduling a rapid COVID-19 antigen test with our urgent clinic, you can simply call us, or use our online appointments app to schedule an appointment.

Are PCR and Rapid COVID-19 tests the same?


Let’s break down the difference between the PCR COVID-19 Tests and the Rapid COVID-19 tests:

PCR

While PCR is similar to rapid COVID-19 tests, they are usually administered to patients with or without symptoms and are often conducted through a nasopharyngeal swab. PCR COVID-19 tests show some of the most accurate results over other tests that are available, this is due to the polymerase chain reaction which identifies the viral genetic material of COVID-19. The genetic material that is detected if a person is actively infected with COVID-19, or has previously had it recently will show a positive result. The only negative to a PCR test is the fact that it takes much longer than the rapid COVID-19 test.

Rapid COVID Antigen

These will often be administered to individuals both with or without symptoms, the same as a PCR test. However, the test uses collections from the nose or throat secretions using the nasopharyngeal swab and is then examined for the protein fragments which are specific to the COVID-19 virus.

Rapid COVID Antigen tests yield quite fast results, usually in under 15 minutes; however, they are considered less accurate than the PCR test. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Alexandria VA, and Ruther glen VA. We serve patients from Alexandria VA, Ruther Glen VA, Bagdad VA, Athens VA, Balty VA, and Doswell VA.

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