Rapid COVID-19 Testing

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Rapid COVID-19 Testing Clinic Q&A

Express Health is offering rapid COVID testing. If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, please schedule a COVID test now. 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.

Rapid COVID-19 Testing Near Me in NYC
Rapid COVID-19 Testing Near Me in NYC

Table of Contents:

What does the COVID-19 rapid test detect?
Where can I get same-day results for COVID testing near me?
What does it mean if the results of my rapid test are negative?
How long should I wait to be tested for COVID-19 after being exposed?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, guidelines around testing for the virus and what to do after receiving test results have been changing quickly. With the introduction of rapid tests, it has become even more difficult to be certain of what to do and when. At Express Health, we want you to be confident in your COVID-19 testing process, and the results that you receive.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of questions about COVID-19 rapid tests and provided you with the answers from our team of experts.

What does the COVID-19 rapid test detect?


As the medical community has learned more about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, scientists have been able to develop methods of testing for the presence of this novel coronavirus. Rapid antigen tests have become increasingly popular, as they allow patients to quickly and painlessly test for COVID-19 and receive the results in minutes. Rapid antigen tests are different than the typical PCR test that was relied upon earlier in the pandemic. Rapid tests are designed to detect viral proteins in your body, more specifically they are looking for evidence of the nucleocapsid protein, which is the protein produced most significantly by the virus.

Where can I get same-day results for COVID testing near me?


The best way to get same-day results for COVID-19 testing is to visit a walk-in clinic or pharmacy that provides rapid antigen testing as a service. If you live in NYC, you can have a rapid test done at the Express Health closest to you. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please call our location to schedule a rapid test. If you have been exposed to the virus recently, please complete any advised quarantine time before visiting our clinic. If speed is not your concern, we also provide PCR testing which has been found to be more accurate than rapid antigen tests, but you will have to wait 2-3 days before receiving the results.

What does it mean if the results of my rapid test are negative?


Rapid antigen tests are the fastest way of diagnosing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. You can get the results of your rapid test within 15 minutes, but these tests are not shown to be as accurate as the PCR tests that were the only option in the early stages of the pandemic. This is because rapid tests require more of the virus to be present in your body in order to diagnose you with the virus, meaning there is a higher chance of receiving a false negative than there is with a PCR test. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and your rapid test continues to produce negative results, it is still advised to isolate until you no longer have symptoms.

 How long should I wait to be tested for COVID-19 after being exposed?


According to the CDC, COVID-19 has an incubation period of 2-14 days, meaning that is how long it takes for the virus to become present in your system after you were first exposed. Now that more people have received COVID vaccines, scientists are able to study the different incubation periods between people who are non-vaccinated, people who have had 1-2 vaccine doses, and 3 doses. As of January 2021, it is recommended to be tested 5 days after exposure. If you are tested too soon, your viral load may not be high enough to be detected by the test. If you are feeling unwell and think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please call the team at Express Health & Walk-In Clinics today. We’ll discuss your options for COVID testing and find a plan that works best for you. Visit Express Health for all of your COVID testing needs. 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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