Antigen Test

Do I have symptoms, or think I have COVID or recently been exposed?
Antigen tests are faster and more cost-friendly than other tests. They are performed by using a nasal swab to collect a fluid sample. The Antigen test is a diagnostic test that detects specific proteins form the COVID virus with about 86% sensitivity. A false negative happens when an individual is infected with the virus but receives a negative test result. In some cases, a PCR test may be recommended by your physician to confirm the validity of a negative antigen test result.

PCR Test

Do I require (or am I required to have) a more accurate test which will take up to 48 hrs for results?
Much like the antigen test, the Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR) is done by using a long nasal swab to get a fluid sample. This is also a diagnostic test and it will detect the virus’s genetic material. Results for this test are typically more accurate and can be available within approximately 48 hours.


Do I want to test for antibodies to see if I have already contracted COVID in the past?
After a full recovery from COVID-19, an antibody test can be performed. This test is conducted by taking a blood sample, usually collected via finger prick or from a vein in the arm, and the sample is then tested for the development of antibodies against the virus. Antibodies are proteins that are vital for fighting off viruses. Antibodies can take several days, sometimes weeks, to show up in the body. If the sample shows that you have antibodies, it indicates that you have had some degree of COVID infection. There is insufficient evidence to suggest you’re unable to contract the virus again if you have antibodies, and the length and level of immunity are still unknown, so it is important to continue safe practices.

Prarie Testing is fully equipped to support same-day Covid tests and provide results in as little as 15 minutes.