Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection.
Feb 18, 2021 · Testing 1-3 days before and 2–5 days after travel may reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when combined with everyday precautions like wearing masks, social distancing, and handwashing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes and in airports and at travelers’ destinations.
MinuteClinic uses two types of COVID-19 testing to check for active infection. Rapid-result testing locations perform antigen testing, which returns results within hours. Lab testing locations perform polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which returns results within 2-3 days.
Three counties in California are participating in an eight-week pilot program that would administer rapid COVID-19 tests to students and staff with results in 15 minutes.
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If you had a COVID-19 test with a positive result (COVID detected): We recommend no further testing or retesting for 90 days from the date of the original test. If you feel you need a COVID-19 retest, contact your primary care provider or complete a MyChart e-Visit for COVID-19 screening with Cone Health Connected Care at connectnow.conehealth.com.
About the test: An antigen test is designed for rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19. Antigen tests are very specific for the virus but are not as sensitive as PCR tests. Negative results may need to be confirmed with a PCR test.
Testing is currently recommended if you: Have symptoms of COVID-19. Were asked by LA County Department of Public Health to get a test because of a contact tracing or outbreak investigation. Were in “close contact” with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it’s important to get tested and isolate until you know your results. If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, get tested and stay home and away from others for 14 days. If you go to a test site run by New York State, you will not be charged for your test.