Choosing Between
COVID-19 Tests

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Choosing Between
COVID-19 Tests

Get Tested Now

Three Types of COVID-19 Tests

Olympus Health & Performance now offers three different tests for COVID-19 disease and the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including PCR testing, rapid antigen testing, and antibody testing. All of these are FDA-authorized, each is useful in different situations, and each gives our clients different information. The tests are:

Antibody Testing

The antibody test detects antibody proteins produced in response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, usually 14-21 days after an infection has started. These antibodies may confer immunity to repeat infection. This test is performed on a drop of blood, and results return within 15 minutes. Antibody testing is most useful for clients who think they may have had symptoms of an infection more than two weeks previously or are concerned they may have had an asymptomatic infection due to community exposure (up to 40% of infections have no symptoms, according to the CDC).

PCR Testing

The PCR test is based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which detects the nucleic acids found in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is very sensitive and specific but takes several hours to complete in a specialized laboratory. The test is performed by obtaining a swab sample from the nasopharynx, transporting the specimen to a centralized lab, and testing with a high complexity method. Turnaround time is typically 24-72 hours.

Rapid Antigen Testing

The rapid antigen test is based on detecting certain proteins that are only found on the outside of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is also sensitive and specific, but slightly less so than the PCR test. This test is also performed on nasopharyngeal swabs, but the results return within 15 minutes while the client waits. Antigen testing is especially useful for screening clients without symptoms.

Three Types of COVID-19 Tests

Olympus Health & Performance now offers three different tests for COVID-19 disease and the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including PCR testing, rapid antigen testing, and antibody testing. All of these are FDA-authorized, each is useful in different situations, and each gives our clients different information. The tests are:

Antibody Testing

The antibody test detects antibody proteins produced in response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, usually 14-21 days after an infection has started. These antibodies may confer immunity to repeat infection. This test is performed on a drop of blood, and results return within 15 minutes. Antibody testing is most useful for clients who think they may have had symptoms of an infection more than two weeks previously or are concerned they may have had an asymptomatic infection due to community exposure (up to 40% of infections have no symptoms, according to the CDC).

PCR Testing

The PCR test is based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which detects the nucleic acids found in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is very sensitive and specific but takes several hours to complete in a specialized laboratory. The test is performed by obtaining a swab sample from the nasopharynx, transporting the specimen to a centralized lab, and testing with a high complexity method. Turnaround time is typically 24-72 hours.

Rapid Antigen Testing

The rapid antigen test is based on detecting certain proteins that are only found on the outside of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is also sensitive and specific, but slightly less so than the PCR test. This test is also performed on nasopharyngeal swabs, but the results return within 15 minutes while the client waits. Antigen testing is especially useful for screening clients without symptoms.

Which Test is Right For Me?

Below is a table to help Olympus Health & Performance clients decide which test is most appropriate for them.

Client Situation
Appropriate Test
Mild symptoms* of COVID-19
(Those with significant shortness of breath or other severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately)
PCR test
• Alternatively, a rapid antigen test can be performed first, and if positive, a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. If the antigen test is negative, we will recommend a follow-up PCR test
No symptoms, but known or suspected recent exposure to someone with proven COVID-19 disease (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period)
PCR test five days and eight days after most recent contact
• Alternatively, a rapid antigen test can be performed first on each day, and if positive, a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. If the antigen test is negative, we will recommend a follow-up PCR test
Asymptomatic, no known recent exposure (perhaps re-entering employment)
Symptoms occurred more than two-three weeks ago and have resolved but no testing previously done
Antibody test, potentially with PCR if symptoms occurred two-three weeks previously
Concern for asymptomatic disease in the past because of community exposure (others not following precautions)
Antibody test, potentially with PCR if symptoms occurred two-three weeks previously
Business screening for asymptomatic employees
Travel
PCR test, but many countries have specific requirements. For example, China requires both PCR and Antibody testing
• PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE FOR TESTING FOR TRAVEL PURPOSES: (385) 645-6137
* According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include 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, and diarrhea.

Which Test is Right For Me?

Below are scenarios to help Olympus Health & Performance clients decide which test is most appropriate for them.

Mild symptoms* of COVID-19
(Those with significant shortness of breath or other severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately)

PCR test
• Alternatively, a rapid antigen test can be performed first, and if positive, a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. If the antigen test is negative, we will recommend a follow-up PCR test

No symptoms, but known or suspected recent exposure to someone with proven COVID-19 disease (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period)

PCR test five days and eight days after most recent contact
• Alternatively, a rapid antigen test can be performed first on each day, and if positive, a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. If the antigen test is negative, we will recommend a follow-up PCR test

Asymptomatic, no known recent exposure (perhaps re-entering employment)

Rapid antigen test

Symptoms occurred more than two-three weeks ago and have resolved but no testing previously done

Antibody test, potentially with PCR if symptoms occurred two-three weeks previously

Concern for asymptomatic disease in the past because of community exposure (others not following precautions)

Antibody test, potentially with PCR if symptoms occurred two-three weeks previously

Business screening for asymptomatic employees

Rapid antigen test

Travel

PCR test, but many countries have specific requirements. For example, China requires both PCR and Antibody testing
• PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE FOR TESTING FOR TRAVEL PURPOSES: (385) 645-6137

* According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include 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, and diarrhea.
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