We all know how important it is to get tested for the coronavirus. Since a cure is yet to be developed, COVID-19 testing is one of our greatest weapons against the virus. Through testing, we can identify who’s infected and eventually prevent the virus from spreading.
The problem, however, is that some people aren’t sure whether to get tested or not. This is because misinformation about COVID-19 testing continues to spread in every part of the world. Let’s take a look at some of the damaging myths and misconceptions about testing for the coronavirus.
Like any other tests, the results of COVID-19 viral and antibody testing aren’t 100% accurate. However, swab collection tests are said to be almost 100% accurate for those who tested positive. This means that if you get a positive result, then you’ve been correctly identified as having the virus.
However, if you tested negative, there is still a 2% to 29% chance that you might be infected. This is why you should continue to be more careful and act like you have COVID-19 and you might spread it to those around you.
Although some tests, like COVID-19 viral and antibody testing, use blood samples, not all procedures require blood. In fact, the most common methods for coronavirus testing are nasal swab and saliva tests. The healthcare professional will only use a cotton swab and insert it into your nose to collect the specimen.
Children are less susceptible to COVID-19. But this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t get tested for the coronavirus. Kids can still get infected, especially since they are less likely to wear masks, observe social distancing, or wash their hands properly. So, in case your child is showing symptoms like headache or rash, you must bring them to the hospital immediately.
In case you need to get tested for the coronavirus, feel free to reach out to us. If you live in Pinal and Pima counties, you can also find us at free testing sites. Call us now!