THE DIFFERENCE

  • No lab required

  • Results in 15 minutes

  • Nasal swab

  • Test looks for the proteins that attach to the virus

  • Effective for detecting the virus from Day 4-5 after exposure

  • Viewed as “contagiousness tests” as highly effective during the viral peak (which is also when people are most contagious)

RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS

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  • Lab-based testing

  • Results in 24-36 hours

  • Throat swab

  • Test looks for the RNA of the virus

  • Effective for detecting the virus from Day 3-4 after exposure

  • Required for travel and hospital admissions

  • Test can pick up the virus is in your body for up to 30 days - even though you are not contagious for most of that time.

PCR TESTS

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