The COVID-19 antigen rapid test is a Sofia Antigen test that is manufactured by the Quidel Corporation. This test is a nasal swab. According to the FDA, the antigen rapid test COVID detects the virus by looking for proteins from the virus. This test is a highly specific test, but less sensitive than the molecular (PCR) tests.
The rapid PCR COVID test is a nasal swab test. According to the FDA, the PCR test is a molecular test that detects the virus by looking for genetic material from the virus. This type of test is highly sensitive and highly specific. This test is also known as an RT-PCR test or Abbott ID Now RT-PCR.
If your test is for travel, please verify with your destination of travel which test(s) are accepted for your travel itinerary. Every country and state has different requirements. We apologize, but Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is not responsible if the incorrect test is ordered.