NCHD explains COVID-19 testing process
August 26, 2020
People often have questions related to COVID-19 testing and the process behind it. Testing is a crucial part of treating and limiting the spread.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between two and 14 days after exposure and we recommend that anyone with symptoms should get tested. There are three kinds of tests available for COVID-19: PCR, antigen and antibody tests. A PCR test, also known as a molecular-based test, tells you if you have a current infection but it is not useful in determining past exposure in fully recovered patients. Samples are collected from your respiratory system suc...