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November 9, 2021

Is It Possible to Get Reinfected with Covid19?

Yes, it is possible to get reinfected with COVID-19. This is especially true for unvaccinated individuals who have already had COVID-19. Research by the CDC found that unvaccinated patients were twice as likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 than patients who received the vaccine after they recovered. This means getting Covid twice and being vaccinated […]

November 4, 2021

How Long Does It Take to Get a Negative Covid Test After Testing Positive?

COVID-19 testing is a hot topic around the world right now. With all the different testing options and locations available, it’s no surprise that testing is consistently cited as one of the main ways we can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Testing can help identify if you are infected, have been exposed, or should be following certain protocols. This information is critical in the fight against the pandemic.

November 2, 2021

Where Can I Get A COVID19 Test?

It might feel like the COVID-19 pandemic has been a whirlwind of information, progress, and setbacks. Even as COVID-19 vaccination becomes increasingly prevalent, COVID-19 testing remains an integral part of the work to end the pandemic. Whether locally or worldwide, testing remains a first line of defense, specifically in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

October 28, 2021

How long to quarantine after a positive COVID test?

With more information coming out from testing about COVID-19, it can become confusing for your course of action if believe you have had exposure to COVID-19 or your test results come back positive. Furthermore, because symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure, it is vital that you quarantine and isolate yourself as soon as possible to stop any further spread of the virus.

October 26, 2021

How Do Rapid Covid Tests Work?

For many, the past year-plus has been a stressful time. Our lives have been largely disrupted, and it can feel like we’re still adjusting to some “new normal.” The nature of COVID-19 symptoms creates additional anxiety for many. The possibility of contracting the virus, exhibiting no symptoms, and unknowingly passing it along to others—who may experience symptoms or are otherwise part of a vulnerable population—is a risk worth avoiding.

October 21, 2021

Have saliva tests been approved by the FDA as a sample for the coronavirus disease testing?

With the many kinds of COVID-19 testing today, the most comfortable and easiest-to-perform test is the NAAT test that takes samples from your saliva.

But before scheduling a saliva test, many may wonder if it’s accurate or FDA-approved. Among the many types of COVID-19 tests are being tested and regulated by the FDA, the saliva test is one of them. In fact, there is a list of FDA approved antigen tests and other COVID-19 tests.

The NAAT test is an FDA approved test for COVID-19. Let’s talk about the NAAT saliva test, its effectiveness, and its approval from the FDA.

October 19, 2021

How is an Antigen Test Done?

Getting tested for COVID-19 is a process that no one wants to go through, although it is unfortunately a reality that many people need to get tested on a regular basis for the time being. From negative test results required for travel to wanting to make sure you’re doing your part to stop the spread, […]

October 13, 2021

What does a negative Covid19 antigen test result mean in asymptomatic persons?

With the many COVID-19 variants circling the globe today, many individuals flock to testing sites to be tested. Over 3 million COVID-19 tests were taken in the United States alone, as of March 7, 2021. That number is even higher today as the Delta variant and other variants persist. An antigen test, also known as the rapid antigen test, is the test that many individuals choose to use when they want results results quickly. However, many wonder about the COVID-19 antigen test accuracy, along with what negative and positive results mean.

October 5, 2021

Can COVID-19 Antigen Tests Be False Positive?

A COVID-19 antigen test, also known as a rapid test, can be false positive. In fact, the rapid test false positive rate is one of the reasons many clinicians will follow up a rapid test with a PCR or molecular COVID-19 test. This confirms the rapid test result or reveals if the rapid test has been inaccurate in both positive and negative cases. When can false positives happen with COVID-19 antigen tests? And what should be done to confirm the results or to stay safe? Here’s what you need and want to know about COVID-19 rapid test false positives.

September 28, 2021

COVID-19 Antigen Testing for Asymptomatic and Symptomatic People

Despite significant and positive progress, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Therefore, implementing and distributing accurate and timely testing remains imperative when it comes to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants. All forms of COVID-19 testing are vital to halting and preventing viral outbreaks. But how do these tests work and how are you meant to understand the results? As a part of our ongoing blog series, we’re continuing to go through the basics of COVID-19 testing. This blog will specifically focus on COVID-19 antigen tests and how they work in both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals. 

September 21, 2021

What Are Covid19 Antigen Tests?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all had to learn a lot of new vocabulary and terms. Antigen tests are one of the tools that healthcare professionals use to diagnose and screen for SARS-CoV-2. But what exactly are COVID-19 antigen tests and how do they work? We’ll answer this question and more, including taking a look at the pcr covid test vs rapid test, in this short guide. 

September 16, 2021

COVID-19 Antigen Testing for Asymptomatic and Symptomatic People

Despite significant and positive progress, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Therefore, implementing and distributing accurate and timely testing remains imperative when it comes to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants. All forms of COVID-19 testing are vital to halting and preventing viral outbreaks. But how do these tests work and how are you meant to understand the results? As a part of our ongoing blog series, we’re continuing to go through the basics of COVID-19 testing. This blog will specifically focus on COVID-19 antigen tests and how they work in both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals.

September 14, 2021

How accurate is an antigen test?

As of March 7, 2021 over 3 million COVID-19 tests were taken in the United States alone, and that number is likely even higher today. With the virus’s many variants still circling the globe, demand for quick and accurate tests is high. The antigen test for Covid19 allows for rapid testing and is in demand, especially the at-home test kits that can give you a result in a matter of minutes. But there is still a prominent question that lingers: “How accurate is a Covid19 antigen test?” Although results may be given quickly, studies have shown that false negatives happen more often with antigen tests than with PCR tests.

September 9, 2021

How Long Does it Take to Get Results for COVID19 Antigen Tests?

You’ve probably heard a lot about COVID-19 testing since the start of 2020, including the fact that there are two different kinds of diagnostic tests to determine if you have an active COVID-19 infection. The quicker of the two kinds of tests is the COVID-19 antigen test, sometimes referred to as the rapid test. But […]

September 7, 2021

Covid-19 Antigen Tests

Over a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve learned a lot—and we continue to learn more about this unique virus and how it spreads. Among other points, we’ve learned the importance of access to reliable and accurate testing in stopping the spread. Testing helps diagnose infection, with the goal of reducing asymptomatic (or presymptomatic) transmission and monitoring infection trends.

September 1, 2021

COVID Variants

One factor that has made coronavirus especially hard to eradicate is the changing nature of viruses. Over time, they are able to mutate, resulting in new strains which may be more or less severe than the original strain. Understanding how variants emerge, and how they differ from the original strain of Covid-19, helps inform public safety recommendations.

August 24, 2021

How Is the New Mutation of Covid19 Different From the Original Strain?

While Americans spent several months cautiously optimistic that the worst of the pandemic had passed, a new strain of coronavirus has emerged, causing experts to re-assess where we stand in our collective fight against COVID-19. The delta variant, first identified in India in December 2020, has fully reached the U.S., and has become the predominant variant throughout the country.

August 19, 2021

Is There Another Variant of COVID?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is currently making North American headlines as it drives a spike in cases. But in the realm of COVID variants, Delta is actually a little bit of old news. The first Delta variant case was identified in December 2020, and we are almost at the end of 2021.

August 17, 2021

Are Covid Symptoms Different With Delta?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has driven a new wave of infections, causing 80-87% of all cases in the United States in the last two weeks of July according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This highly infectious variant has led to widespread concern with many schools reconvening from summer break and people returning to the workplace after a year of remote work.

August 12, 2021

What Does the CDC Say about the Delta Variant?

Viruses are constantly changing through mutation, which leads to new variants of viruses appearing. While some variants persist and spread, others mutate and dissipate rather quickly. In the United States and in other countries throughout the world, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are tracking the occurrence and rise of various COVID-19 variants. Most recently, we’ve been seeing the rise in Delta variant cases, which was first identified in India in December of 2020.

August 10, 2021

What’s Different About the Delta Variant?

Health officials around the world are adjusting their plans for combating the coronavirus pandemic in light of the more infectious Delta variant, including concerns that even vaccinated people can contract and spread it. In the United States, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is once again recommending that everyone, including those who are vaccinated, wear masks indoors in high-risk areas

July 26, 2021

What are the Types of COVID-19 Tests?

Testing for COVID19 is extremely important for fighting the spread of the virus. Whereas we typically attribute fighting COVID with vaccines, much of the work globally is done at the testing level: who is infected, how is the virus spreading, and what we learn when the virus grows or diminishes in a given area. All of these questions are answered through testing.

July 26, 2021

Are There Any At-Home Tests for COVID?

As COVID cases decline, mask mandates end, and the vaccine becomes more widely available beyond at-risk groups, COVID-19 testing gets less attention as a critical health tool. But COVID testing is still entirely necessary, and it will continue to be needed to detect new strains of the virus and prevent unheeded outbreaks.

July 26, 2021

Is there a Diagnostic Test for COVID?

Though people across the world are receiving vaccines to prevent infection of the coronavirus, different types of COVID tests remain a critical, necessary part of the COVID narrative. And with variant strains seeing pockets of spread, many businesses and public events requiring negative tests, and a portion of the population foregoing or unable to receive a vaccine, the need for testing isn’t going away soon, if ever.