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COVID PCR Testing Clinic Q&A

COVID-19 PCR testing is available at our clinic, providing one of the most reliable and accurate COVID-19 tests on the market. Contact us today to learn more. 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.

COVID PCR Testing Clinic Near Me in NYC
COVID PCR Testing Clinic Near Me in NYC

Table of Contents:

What is a PCR test?
What is a COVID-19 PCR test?
Who should get tested for COVID-19?
What do COVID-19 PCR test results mean?

What is a PCR test?

PCR is known as polymerase chain reaction; these tests provide immensely accurate and fast results when it comes to particular infectious diseases and genetic changes. The PCR tests work by finding the RNA or DNA of the pathogen or abnormal cells within the sample.

DNA is the genetic material that contains particular instructions and information within all living things. RNA is another type of genetic material available that also contains information; however, it is copied from the DNA and is involved in making proteins.

PCR tests work to find evidence of the disease within the earliest stages of the infection. Other tests that work similarly to PCR tests often miss the early signs of disease due to there not being enough bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens within the sample, or the fact that your body hasn’t had enough time to completely develop the antibody response.

When a PCR test is completed, a small amount of genetic material will be taken and the sample will then be copied multiple times. The copied samples will be processed which is known as amplification. If the PCR picks up any pathogens within the sample, the amplification process will make it easier to see.

What is a COVID-19 PCR test?

COVID-19 PCR is also a polymerase chain reaction molecular test. It is a bit different as it will analyze the upper respiratory specimen sample, and look for the genetic material that makes up COVID-19 which is SARS-CoV-2.

Scientists have been using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology to help amplify the small amounts of RNA that are found in the specimen sample into DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), and then replicated until the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) is located. The PCR test has been considered the gold standard for testing for COVID-19 since it has been authorized in February of 2020 for its reliable nature and accuracy.

Who should get tested for COVID-19?

Many healthcare providers may recommend that you get tested for COVID if you are showcasing any of the following symptoms:

• Fever
• Chills
• Cough
• Issues breathing
• Shortness of breath
• Fatigue
• Muscle aches
• Body aches
• Headache
• Loss of taste
• Loss of smell
• Sore throat
• Runny nose
• Congestion
• Vomiting
• Nausea
• Diarrhea

Research has shown that not everyone will showcase symptoms of COVID. As well, not everyone who is symptomatic will show all of the listed symptoms; however, it is highly recommended if you have 1 or more common symptoms of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above, for safe measure, to get tested.

What do COVID-19 PCR test results mean?

Positive test results are meant to indicate that you are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. You may be asymptomatic or show symptoms. If you are asymptomatic, then your virus is known as SARS-CoV-2, if you showcase symptoms, it is called COVID-19. Many who become infected with the virus often will deal with a mild illness and can recover safely in the comfort of their own home without any external medical care. Contact us if you believe your symptoms are becoming worse or if you have any questions or concerns about your test results and symptoms.

A negative test is meant to indicate you probably are not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the time of your test collection. However, it is still possible for you to have COVID-19, but at the time of collection, the infection was not detected as it may have been too early on, or after you started to recover.

Getting a negative test will never indicate that you are safe from contracting the COVID-19 virus, as you can easily come into contact with the virus within minutes or hours after your test collection. If you have tested positive, you can be contagious for up to two weeks after initially getting the virus, as fragments of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can continue to spread even after you have recovered. You can also become re-infected with the virus even if you have had it previously. For more information, contact our clinic today. 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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