Rapid Antigen Testing: How It Works

The rapid antigen test is designed to detect specific proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Unlike the PCR tests, which identify the virus’s genetic material, rapid antigen tests hone in on these proteins, leading to a quicker turnaround time.

Benefits of Choosing Rapid Antigen Testing

  • Speed: One of the main advantages of this test is its ability to deliver results in minutes, not days.
  • Accessibility: Due to its simplicity, the test can be administered in a myriad of settings, from healthcare facilities to community centers.
  • Flexibility: With no need for specialized laboratory equipment, rapid antigen tests can be an asset for large-scale screenings and in areas with limited resources.

Ensuring Accurate Results at Valley Urgent Care

Accuracy is paramount. At Valley Urgent Care, we understand the importance of precise results, even with rapid tests. Our trained healthcare professionals ensure:

  • Proper Sample Collection: A nasal swab is typically used, collected with care to ensure an adequate sample.
  • Valid Interpretation: Though the test procedure is straightforward, interpreting results requires expertise to avoid false positives or negatives.
  • Comprehensive Guidance: Post-test, we ensure that you’re not just handed a result but are provided with the information and next steps, if necessary.

Considerations and Limitations

While rapid antigen tests offer numerous benefits, it’s essential to understand their scope. They are highly effective in indicating active infections, especially in symptomatic individuals. However, they might not capture infections in people who are asymptomatic or have a low viral load. In such cases, PCR tests are recommended for confirmation.

When immediate results are critical, whether it’s for travel, events, or peace of mind, Valley Urgent Care’s COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing is here for you. We provide accurate and fast results, ensuring your health and safety are never compromised. Schedule an appointment with us and experience the blend of speed, precision, and care that sets Valley Urgent Care apart.