PCR COVID-19 Swab Test

The COVID PCR Test detects the genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). You will be able to see results in two to three days if sent to an outside lab. The sample is then brought to a lab for testing.

Quick Facts:
  • Purpose: Present infection
  • Method: Nasal Swab
  • FDA Emergency Use Authorization
Other COVID-19 Test you can schedule through LabFinder:

Regular and Rapid COVID PCR tests, as well as Antigen test can determine if someone is currently infected with COVID-19. The COVID Antibody Test is used to determine if someone has had COVID-19 in the past. All tests are important and have their specific uses. Please note, all labs have instituted all procedural changes recommended by the CDC to ensure that all of our patients’ safety is protected in every way possible when they come to the office or test facility for appointments while the pandemic is ongoing.

List of Coronavirus Symptoms
The latest CDC published that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC claims it will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. The CDC also advises on seeking medical attention when emergency warning signs occur for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

PCR COVID-19 Swab Test

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When to test

You should get COVID PCR test if you: think you may have COVID-19 • have been exposed to someone tested positive • no need for immediate results and willing to wait 1-3 days • would like to bill your insurance to cover the test.

Can someone infected get the Rapid COVID Test?

If someone thinks they are infected, they should stay home to limit the spread of the infection to others. The CDC currently recommends that you should stay home until you have not had a fever for 72 hours or more (that is no fever for three full days without the use of fever reducing medicine), when your symptoms have gotten better (for example, when a cough or shortness of breath has improved) and at least 7 days have passed since your first symptoms showed up.

What does the COVID PCR Test result mean?

COVID PCR test reveals only whether the COVID-19 virus is currently present. It does not test whether or not the patient has previously been infected by COVID-19, or whether any other viruses are currently present. The test does not react to the presence of any other seasonal coronaviruses.

Procedure

COVID PCR test is administered at the point of care by nasal swab by a licensed medical provider. The results show whether a patient is positive with an acute COVID-19 infection within 1-3 days.

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