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June 28, 2020

Which COVID-19 tests are most accurate?

Times are difficult right now, but what could make them even worse is incorrect data. Data on the spread and infection of coronavirus helps the state and country governments decide what to do, be it reopening a state, or shutting a state down further. Many pieces of data are helpful, but they are all rooted in testing. If testing is inaccurate, it can lead to spikes in cases and deaths if states reopen early, or to the economy tanking even further if states stay closed longer than necessary.
Here at Rethinkmyhealthcare.com, we don't want to add to the incorrect statistics we want to provide accurate information to both the customer and the government. We understand how important it is to be right, so we have focused our efforts on providing accurate tests. Out of all the tests on the market, we have selected and offered the best tests available.
There are three main types of COVID-19 testing available. The first is PCR or Nasal Swab Tests. This is the test that is most talked about or most common. It involved analyzing a swab taken from the back of the throat, accessed through the nose. There are a variety of these types of tests, and timing varies depending on the manufacturer. In addition, these tests can not tell whether or not a patient has had a resolved case of COVID-19, only if a patient currently has the affliction.
The second type of test is the Antigen Nasal Swab. This test is generally used after a patient has been afflicted for 5-10 days. It is administered when a patient is presenting with symptoms of the virus. This is popular in some areas because it is especially easy for health care workers to administer and test. It also works for asymptomatic cases, although it is not commonly used on these cases since the patients do not present with the symptoms.
The final type of test is the antibody or serology test. These do not test for the virus itself, but antibodies to the virus. This makes the results for the COVID antibody testing mean a slightly different thing. It is a blood test, and it tests for antibodies, this means that if someone has had the virus in the past, it will find the antibodies used in that infection. The COVID antibody testing can also find antibodies to other coronaviruses. Since COVID-19 is one specific type of coronavirus, the test can not differentiate, and will instead find any antibody for any type of coronavirus. This test should not be used to diagnose COVID-19, but it can help to determine if a patient is ready to go back to their normal, daily routine. The antibody or serology test must be verified by a PCR test.
Here at Rethinkmyhealthcare.com, we use a combination of tests to achieve the most accurate results that we can. We offer the Healgen COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test, which has shown itself to be one of the most accurate tests available. The Healgen antibody test is an example of an antibody or serology test.
For the IgM antibody, the Healgen antibody test has shown a 100% accuracy rate. For the IgG antibody, which the test's accuracy rate is slightly lower at around 97%, this is still well above the 90% threshold that is deemed acceptable. This makes the Healgen COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test one of the most accurate tests available, which is why we make sure to offer it to patients. Unfortunately, since it is an antibody test, it must be confirmed with a PCR test but the Healgen COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test is one of the most helpful tests to the health care industry and the government at this time, due to the information it gathers about past infections as well as present ones.
In order to take this test with us, patients are first asked to fill out an online questionnaire, which identifies symptoms in patients and other diseases or conditions in a patient that may make him or her more vulnerable to COVID-19. The patient is promoted to update us weekly on symptoms. This is to record more information about different types of cases and how prior conditions affect how the virus works. After the online questionnaire is filled out, patients will be recommended to come in, or self-isolate, based on their answers.
We encourage patients to come in for these tests, as opposed to self-administered examinations. In these troubling times, when self-administered tests are just starting to become widespread, it is normal to wonder, are self administered COVID tests accurate? Although self-administered COVID-19 tests are helpful and often acceptably accurate, they are not as accurate as the tests offered by healthcare professionals. While self-administered tests reduce the risk of infection in healthcare workers and make tests more accessible, the most important part of testing is recognizing statistics and recording accurate data. Professional tests leave health care workers with more accurate data. In addition, self-administered tests often can not find antibodies, so they can not determine if a patient has had an infection in the past.
In order to get an accurate fatality rate of the virus, it is helpful to the health care industry to know how many people in total have had this virus. So, are self administered COVID tests accurate? In short, while self-administered tests have about a 90% accuracy rate and are therefore acceptable to be used, they are less accurate than professionally administered tests, so they are recommended for screening but not diagnostics..
In the end, we want to see America recover from this global pandemic, and are doing everything in our power to help that happen as soon as possible. That is why we offer accurate testing, and it is why we encourage patients presenting symptoms to come in for a professional test right away. Take the online self-assessment today!
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