March 8, 2022
If you have had a recent exposure to someone with COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or are planning to travel, testing for COVID-19 is recommended (and sometimes required) to keep yourself and your community safe. Testing is a powerful tool to slow the spread of COVID-19 among both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
With all of the options for testing–at a testing site, at home, rapid result, mail-in, nasal swab, throat swab, Emergency Use Authorization, FDA approved–it can be difficult to know which test will give the most accurate results.
This post will provide clarity on the differences between COVID-19 molecular tests–also known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests–and antigen tests, which are commonly referred to as rapid tests.