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COVID-19 Antigen swab is one of the fastest available COVID-19 tests available, being able to tell you if you are negative or positive for COVID within a matter of minutes. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. Visit Express Health for all of your COVID testing needs. We have 6 convenient locations to serve you. For more information, call us. We are open 7 days a week as a walk-in Covid testing site.

Antigen Swab Testing Specialist Near Me in NYC
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Table of Contents:

What are COVID-19 antigen tests?
How long does it take to get results for a COVID-19 antigen test?
When are COVID-19 rapid antigen tests most accurate?
Who can get an antigen test?

What are COVID-19 antigen tests?


COVID-19 antigen tests detect the specific proteins that are found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus. They are often called rapid tests; this is due to the results being provided in under an hour.

In general, COVID-19 tests are used by many health care professionals or trainer operators at a point-of-care facility; however, there are lab-based COVID-19 antigen tests that are available as well.

How long does it take to get results for a COVID-19 antigen test?


Each COVID-19 test device will yield different lengths of time to provide a result, as well as how busy each individual clinic that you go to for a COVID-19 antigen test. At the start of the COVID pandemic, many clinics were backlogged with patients needing COVID-19 antigen tests, which caused severe delays in the test results. Now that we have access to more test supplies, we are able to get out the results for COVID-19 antigen tests much quicker.

Antigen tests will show if you are currently infected with the COVID-19 virus, and at a much faster rate than other tests like molecular. Antigen tests may also be known as serological tests which as stated previously, detect the proteins that are found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.

Antigen tests are also known to be one of the faster tests available and are often referred to as the rapid test, this is due to the results being completed in a matter of minutes. On average, your results from an antigen test will be completed in around 15 minutes.

When are COVID-19 rapid antigen tests most accurate?


There have been studies commenced on the accuracy of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests, the results are staggering. Rapid antigen tests have been found to have an average of 81 percent accuracy when compared to similar tests like PCR test results, and even more accurate if the person showcases many symptoms. When broken down, rapid antigen tests have an 87 percent accuracy in patients with COVID-19 symptoms, and 71 percent accuracy in asymptomatic patients.

This is great news, as the rapid antigen tests showcase several advantages over the PCR test including cost savings, time savings, the time for sampling and processing the sample, as well as ease of distribution and application, as the rapid antigen test can be completed almost anywhere, which can help to overcome the COVID-19 testing disruptions and drawbacks that we first saw when COVID-19 took over.

Who can get an antigen test?


You may be eligible for a COVID-19 antigen test if you showcase any COVID-19 symptoms which include:

Most common symptoms of COVID-19:

• Fever
• Cough
• Fatigue
• Loss of taste
• Loss of smell

Less common symptoms of COVID-19:

• Sore throat
• Headache
• Aches
• Pains
• Diarrhoea
• Rash on the skin
• Discoloration on toes and fingers
• Irritated or red eyes

Serious symptoms of COVID-19:

• Issues breathing
• Shortness of breath
• Loss of speech
• Loss of mobility
• Confusion
• Chest pain

You are also eligible for a COVID-19 antigen test if you not only showcase symptoms but also:

• Child over the age of two with symptoms of COVID-19
• Household contact with an individual who works in acute care or continues care and has symptoms of COVID-19
• Pregnant with symptoms of COVID-19
• Traveling with no symptoms
• You were near individuals that have now been positively identified with COVID-19

If you believe you are showcasing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with others who were showcasing symptoms of COVID-19 or have informed you they tested positive for COVID-19, you can schedule your rapid antigen test today with Express Health either by phone or through our online appointments app. Visit Express Health as we have 6 convenient locations to serve you. For more information, call us. We serve patients from Brooklyn NY, Staten Island NY, Queens NY, Manhattan NY, and Bronx NY. We are open 7 days a week as a walk-in Covid testing site.

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