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COVID-19 tests: Different types and when to use them

Deb Balzer, Mayo Clinic News Network on

Published in Health & Fitness

At-home types of tests:

AT-HOME NASAL SWAB WITH LAB-BASED PCR TEST

What is it?

This is a similar type of test used at the health care provider's office, but you collect the nasal swab yourself and mail it to a laboratory to be analyzed.

When should you use this test?

Use this test after exposure or when you begin experiencing symptoms.

 

When can you expect results and how accurate will they be?

At-home tests can typically take anywhere between two to four days for results. Since these tests are PCR tests performed in a laboratory, these results have higher accuracy than at-home antigen tests.

SALIVA PCR TEST

What is it?

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