Find the Right Test for Your Needs
Use This Quick Guide to Understand What Tests Are Available And When to Use Them - Don’t Understand a term? Use our helpful Glossary at the bottom of this guide to learn more
Over-the-counter Tests with Rapid Results
Results in 30 minutes or less. Most often refers to Antigen tests but new technology means some Molecular tests as well.
- Immediate use at home
- Pre-event proof of negative results
- Post group gatherings
- Camp testing programs
- Small business screening programs
Pros: Less waiting for answers and an easy way to test groups quickly.
Cons: Some Rapid Antigen Tests should only be used within the first few days of symptoms and a molecular test may be needed to confirm a negative test result.
Mail-In Molecular Tests
Individually Purchased Mail-In PCR Tests with Expedited Shipping. Molecular tests for symptomatic or asymptomatic cases.
- Employee at-home use when a rapid antigen negative test result requires confirmation
- Proof of negative PCR result when required for domestic travel
- Business testing programs (specific to DxTerity)
Pros: High accuracy level and everything that is needed to complete a PCR test is included.
Cons: Requires sample to be mailed-in via FedEx for results versus instant results at home.
Point of Care Tests
Professional Point of Care Testing with CLIA Requirements. Sample is collected and analyzed through either molecular or antigen test at the “point of care,” meaning at a doctor’s office, clinic, or testing site.
- School nurse testing programs to confirm positive cases at school
- Medical or dental office testing prior to a procedure
- Family practice testing programs
- Camp nurse on-site testing for campers and staff
Pros: Easy to administer by trained professionals for large scale testing programs and in doctor’s offices. Removes need for employee at-home testing.
Cons: CLIA requirements must be met, a special certification issued when specific criteria are met to run tests.
Learn More About Setting Up a Testing Program in our Article on Including Testing in your Covid 19 Plan