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 tests.
The Abbott ID NOW molecular rapid COVID test is a nasal swab test. According to Abbott, this molecular test uses “isothermal technology, proprietary enzymes, and constant temperature control to achieve the fastest available RNA amplification.” In general, molecular tests detect 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 NAAT test (nucleic acid amplification test). Similar to the rapid PCR test, our Abbott ID NOW is an NAAT-approved test that is widely accepted by airlines that require an NAAT test.
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 Rapid Testing and Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine are not responsible if the incorrect test is ordered.