Your health care provider can best advise you about the need to be tested for COVID-19. Currently, COVID-19 tests are prioritized for the following groups:
- Hospitalized and symptomatic individuals
- Health care workers and people in group living facilities
- First responders and other social service employees
- People exposed to infected individuals in places where COVID-19 risk is high
Should everyone be tested for COVID - 19?
It is not necessary to test large populations for the coronavirus as it is not practical, affordable, and logistically possible. Instead, we recommend putting the focus on the ff key groups:
- People most likely to have the disease (such as symptomatic people or those identified by contact tracing)
- People who would suffer if they were to get the coronavirus (such as those over age 65 and those with underlying conditions)
- People whose occupation is on the frontline
- People in confined group living situations
- People who are hospitalized or having procedures.
Schedule Swab Test: Park&Swab
Park & Swab Diagnostic Center is a park through concept that gives consumers a different approach to swab testing. One that aims to perform swab procedures without the worry of exposure as all requirements from forms to payment to result will be done digitally.
The COVID-19 nasal swab test also known as the RT-PCR test is recommended for people looking for the gold standard COVID-19 test. Using nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab procedure to detect the actual virus. Antibody swab tests detect certain proteins that are part of the COVID-19 virus but unlike PCR tests, it does not determine the qualitative value or rate of SARS-CoV-2 antigen concentration present in your body.
Antigen rapid tests are known to be less sensitive than viral tests and perform best with people in the early stages of COVID-19 infection when the viral load is highest. No test is completely accurate, which means that some cases will be missed (false negatives) and some will be told they have the virus when they don’t (false positives). Positive tests tend to be accurate, but negative tests need to be interpreted with caution, especially in a high-risk setting or when used on asymptomatic individuals.