Testing for COVID-19 is the best way to prevent SARS-CoV-2 from spreading throughout your community. At Rapid City Healthcare in Irving, Texas, urgent care specialist Russell Huq, MD, provides rapid COVID-19 testing that offers results within two minutes. If you’re planning to travel or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call Rapid City Healthcare or schedule an appointment online today.
COVID-19 tests detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in your body. SARS-CoV-2 is a type of coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 infection. While the infection is primarily a respiratory illness, it can lead to several uncomfortable digestive problems, headaches, and cold- and flu-like symptoms.
There are three types of COVID-19 tests offered at Rapid City Healthcare:
A PCR test, or molecular test, magnifies the ribonucleic acid (RNA) in your test sample (saliva, nasal, or throat swab) to detect the virus. PCR test results are highly accurate, and results can take between 24-72 hours.
Also called a rapid test, an antigen test detects molecules on the surface of the virus to produce fast results. At Rapid City Healthcare, the urgent care providers offer rapid testing with results available in as little as two minutes.
Antibody tests, or serology tests, determine whether you’ve had a past COVID-19 infection by checking for antibodies to the virus.
As of now, all travelers need a negative COVID-19 test to travel internationally. The type of test you need depends on the country you’re traveling to. Each country has its own test validity period. While some countries require that you receive a negative COVID-19 test within seven days of departure, others have 72-hour validity periods.
Some states, including Hawaii, also require a negative test to enter. You should always check your destination’s regulations before making your trip.
Outside of traveling, you may need a COVID-19 test if you’re experiencing symptoms of the infection. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe. Because your symptoms can mimic other common conditions, like influenza (flu), COVID-19 testing is essential to protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus.
To learn more about COVID-19 testing, call Rapid City Healthcare or schedule an appointment online today.