COVID-19 RAPID TEST
AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK
The COVID-19 rapid test is a game-changer when it comes to quicker and safer coronavirus testing. Being able to test more people in a shorter amount of time will improve our ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our local communities. This test is great for quickly screening individuals for an active COVID-19 infection.
With that being said, we want to provide important information about the test to provide a better understanding of its capabilities and how it differs from the standard lab-based tests. The Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test is covered by most PPO plans and is also available for self-pay if you don’t have insurance.
WHAT IS THE COVID-19 RAPID TEST?
While there are a few COVID-19 rapid tests in development by multiple companies, the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA — from Quidel — has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA. This means it is safe to be used in certain circumstances and is the reason Emediate Cure has made it available at each of our 2 convenient urgent care locations.
This touchscreen point-of-care system rapidly analyzes nasal swab samples from patients who are suspected to have COVID-19; producing results in as little as 15 minutes.
The FDA recognized the critical nature of making this test available, which is why it has been given emergency use authorization for special circumstances. When asked about the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA, the FDA said “The antigen diagnostic tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs”.
Antigen tests will allow us to test more people per day and help contain the spread of Covid as well as helping businesses stay open and re-open.