According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are two types of tests available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests. Kingwood Emergency Hospital offers rapid COVID-19 tests in a clean and safe environment.
Rapid Viral Test: A viral test tells you if you have a current infection. There are different types of viral tests, including:
- Antigen Detection test. Viral antigens develop on the surface of cells infected with a specific virus.
- Viral Molecular Detection test. Using a sample of tissue or blood or other fluid, the test looks for the genetic material (DNA or RNA) of a specific virus. This test can show the exact virus causing an infection.
Rapid Antibody Test: Antibody tests tells you if you had a previous infection. An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection to make antibodies.