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Bubble Life – Guest Contributor
Jun 23 @ 9:19 am

Advance ER now offers rapid PCR testing for Covid19, with results available in minutes. This rapid Covid PCR testing uses ‘Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR’ technology, which is probably the most accurate method now to detect the presence of Covid19 RNA in a patient. The Rapid Covid PCR testing at AER is approved by the FDA under emergency use authorization.

What Is PCR Testing?

The PCR test is a type of molecular test that detects genetic material or nucleic acid (RNA) present in a virus. RNA is only present if the virus is actively replicating, so if any active infection is found there is RNA present. PCR testing is administered similarly to Rapid Antigen testing, a sample is taken from the patient using a nasal swab.

It’s one of the best ways to find early signs of detected viral RNA, even before symptoms arise. This is why it’s critical to get a jumpstart on testing if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

How Is It Administered?

As mentioned before, the PCR testing is administered by a medical professional through a nose swab sample, just like the antigen testing. Results for PCR testing results usually take a few days to get, but AER now offers the Covid Rapid PCR with results in minutes!

However, studies have shown PCR testing to be more accurate than the common Rapid Covid Antigen test. A person is required to have a negative PCR testing results for traveling, and many other public events. The average turnaround time of Covid19 PCR results at AER is only 40 minutes!

Which Test Is Right For Me?

If you have been exposed or have been in close contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19, contact your doctor or contact our experienced staff at Advance ER today. Even if you are beginning to show common-like symptoms including:

  • 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

Please contact Advance ER, we offer both rapid PCR and Antigen testing for COVID-19 for our ER patients.