COVID Testing Bridgewater NJ

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COVID Testing in Bridgewater NJ

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, one of the most important things you can do is to get tested if you think you’ve been in contact with someone who has the disease or if you show symptoms that may be caused by it. When you know you have the virus, you can stay home to prevent the spread to other people. There is a lot of confusion around if and when people should be tested for COVID-19 and how much it may cost. Correcting these misunderstandings will help us move forward together and work to end the pandemic by slowing and stopping the spread.

The Importance of Getting Tested for COVID-19

Getting tested is quick and easy, and also allows you to protect your loved ones. By knowing if you are infected, you know whether you need to avoid other people and quarantine at home. The sooner you know you are infected after exposure, the better.

Testing Slows the Spread

Because COVID-19 can spread rapidly in group situations when just one person is infected when precautions aren’t taken, knowing that you are COVID-19-free will help alleviate your own mind, as well as the minds of everyone around you. People who are infected are recommended to stay at home unless going to urgent doctor’s appointments to lessen the spread as much as possible. If you have coughing or other cold and flu symptoms, you may want to know whether you and your household need to quarantine or not and testing will give you that answer.

Testing Identifies Asymptomatic Carriers

If you have been in contact with people with COVID-19 but do not feel sick, you might think that skipping the test is no big deal. But, many people are infectious even without any detectable symptoms. If you’ve been in contact with people who are known to be infected, getting tested is typically recommended.

Likewise, many people in certain fields may be required to test at certain intervals as part of their job, even if they are asymptomatic. This helps to catch infections before they can spread. By identifying asymptomatic carriers, they can be isolated and know to stay home to prevent spreading the infection further.

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What is PCR Testing?

COVID-19 is most commonly tested with PCR nose swabs. This is currently the most reliable and accurate test that we have available. Though there is always room for error, a positive test means you most likely have been infected while a negative test shows you probably aren’t.

However, negative tests may also be false when you are infected, but not with enough of the virus to be detected during the test. If you have recently been infected, you may not test positive. Remember that a negative test doesn’t mean that you can forego protective measures, such as social distancing and wearing a mask.

How Does it Work?

PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. This test is used to detect specific genetic material, in this case, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. When you get tested, there are three steps to process your sample: Collection, extraction, and PCR. You should be able to get your results within a few days of testing.

Collection

The collection stage involves a long, flexible swab inserted into the nose. The options for testing include:

* Nasal swabs in the nostril.
* Nasopharyngeal swabs, which must be inserted deeper into the nasopharyngeal cavity.

Both tests are valid methods of collecting a sample. After taking the sample, the swab is inserted into a tube and sent to a lab.

Extraction

With extraction, genetic material is separated from the sample, allowing lab technicians to identify any genetic material that may have come from a virus.

PCR

Finally, after the genetic material has been separated, it is treated with chemicals and inserted into a thermal cycler. As it is processed, a reaction occurs that creates millions of copies of just part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus’s genetic code. The chemicals added will create a fluorescent light when the virus is detected.

Cost of COVID-19 Testing

If you are worried about being infected, but can’t afford to get tested, don’t worry! Testing is now available at no cost in many pharmacies and healthcare locations. This includes deductibles and copays. Don’t let the fear of cost keep you from protecting yourself and your community.