Testing For Covid-19
In Orange County
All you need to know about different testing methods for Covid-19
Types of COVID Tests
|Test||Type of Test||Sample used for testing||Positive Test Result means||Negative Test Result means|
|PCR||Diagnostic||Swab from mouth, nose, or throat||You have an active Covid infection at the time of taking the sample||You do not have an active Covid infection at the time taking the sample|
|Antigen||Diagnostic||Swab from nose or throat||You have an active Ccovid infection at the time of taking the sample||You do not have an active Covid infection at the time of taking the sample|
|Antibody||Antibody||Blood sample||You have been exposed to the virus and have developed the antibodies||You have not been infected with the Coronavirus previously|
There are two types of COVID tests available:
Diagnostic Tests – To identify the presence of the virus to determine an active Covid infection.
- PCR Test
- Rapid Antigen Test
Antibody Test – To identify the presence of Covid antibodies which help determine if you had previously been infected with the Coronavirus.
An antibody test can ascertain that you have previously been exposed to the virus and your immunity system has developed the antibodies. Thus, this test can identify possible plasma donors for treatment of Covid-19. It can take anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks for your body to make antibodies after being exposed to the virus.
Pre-requisite for Testing: No pre-requisite or preparation is needed for the test in the form of fasting or anything else.
Who needs to get a Covid test done?
- Persons who have come in contact with another infected person(s).
- Persons who are recommended by their healthcare provider to get a Covid-19 test done.
- Persons who have symptoms of Covid-19.
- Persons who have frequent contact with the public, such as an essential worker.
Frequently Asked Questions
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