Coronavirus testing costs may impact private sector most: Dan Henninger
Fox News contributor and Wall Street Journal editorial page deputy director Dan Henninger says the FDA is working expeditiously to ensure coronavirus tests are widely available to Americans throughout the country.
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There are two types of tests when it comes for checking for COVID-19: viral tests, which check for a current infection, and an antibody test, which identifies if your immune system built a response to a prior infection.
Nearly one-third of the more than 4 million confirmed cases of the new coronavirus are in the United States as of May 12. And because states are reopening parks and businesses, more people will be leaving their homes for work and play after being cooped at home because of lockdown and shelter in place orders.
So, knowing if your are infected with the virus, which means that you could potentially spread the virus throughout the community, or if you have a potential immunity to the virus is important.
Here's what you need to know about the two types of tests for COVID-19.
WHERE CAN YOU GET A CORONAVIRUS TEST?
What to know about viral tests
Viral tests, also known as molecular tests, are most commonly conducted with a nasal or throat swab for the upper respiratory tract. Health care professionals should now take nasal swabs, according to updated CDC clinical specimen guidelines. However, throat swabs are still an acceptable specimen type if necessary.