The Rapid Antigen Test: What Is It, and How Does it Work?

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The Rapid Antigen Test: What Is It, and How Does it Work?

Recent weeks have seen a surge in demand for Covid-19 tests across the U.S., fueled in large part by President Biden’s mandate for weekly testing for unvaccinated employees at businesses with more than 100 employees. Specifically, employers are looking for the Rapid Antigen test, which yields results in minutes and can be administered almost anywhere including in clinics, pharmacies, offices, and at home.

What is the Rapid Antigen Test?

An antigen is defined as something that is considered infectious. When there are antigens in your body, your immune system will respond by fighting them. The Rapid Antigen test for Covid-19 identifies the presence of the SARS-CoV2 by detecting protein fragments that are specific to that virus.

How is the Rapid Antigen Test Administered?

A sterile nasal swab is used to collect fluid from both nostrils for analysis. This is usually self-administered. The results are then analyzed on-site, with results often in less than 30 minutes.

How accurate is the Rapid Covid Test?

Positive results are considered to be very accurate, especially for people showing symptoms. But no test is perfect and there is always a chance for false-negative results with the Antigen test. It is recommended that people with symptoms who test negative after a rapid test follow up with a PCR test.

Who should get tested for Covid-19?

  • People who have symptoms such as fever, coughing, body aches, and shortness of breath
  • People who have had close contact with someone with confirmed Covid-19 (Fully vaccinated people with no symptoms do not need to get tested)
  • People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for Covid-19 because they couldn’t socially distance
  • People who have been asked or required to get tested

Looking to Purchase Covid-19 Rapid Test Kits?

OlleyMay Safety has current inventory of bulk supplies of Covid-19 Rapid Test kits. To ensure the safety of our clients, we are only offering test kits that have been authorized by the FDA, including:

  • Abbott BinaxNow™ COVID-19 Rapid Self Test
  • Abbott BnaxNow™ COVID-19 ag CARD Rapid Test – Professional Use
  • On/Go™ 10-minute COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test
  • Sienna COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test – Professional Use
  • Celltrion DiaTrust COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test – Professional Use
  • QuickVue SARS Antigen COVID-19 Rapid Test – Professional Use
  • QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Rapid Test
  • CareStart™ COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit – Professional Use
  • CareStart™ COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit – At Home Use

To order Covid-19 Rapid Test Kits, call 212-375-6725 or complete the form below.

 

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