COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test - In Pharmacy or Facility

Rapid antigen tests detect protein fragments specific to the SARS CoV-2 virus and are used to diagnose actively infected people. Some antigen tests can be used for screening testing in high-risk congregate settings in which repeat testing could quickly identify people with a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Rapid antigen tests are not as accurate as an RT-PCR test. A negative antigen test result in a symptomatic person may be a false negative and retesting with our RT-PCR at home or in pharmacy test is advised. A positive test in an asymptomatic patient may also require retesting with RT-PCR. Results time is 15 to 30 minutes.

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How it Works

Register for a Rapid Antigen test by following the steps below.

Select which location you would like to get tested at and complete the online appointment registration and health intake form and pay for your test when you register.
You will receive an appointment QR code confirmation email. Please show your QR code at the testing location to verify registration and payment prior to arrival at the testing location.
Follow the instructions at the testing location and get tested. The testing provider will send your secure results to you online in your AZOVA app or they will print out your results for you.
When you get tested through AZOVA, we'll dynamically create COVID Credentials so you can securely share your results with your school, employer, restaurants and airlines or anyone you want. Please note: all COVID test results are required by law to be reported to your state and will be reported by the testing location or by AZOVA on your behalf.
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Do you need a doctor’s visit? You can also get an online visit with a doctor on AZOVA.

If you are unsure if you need a COVID-19 test or need help with any other healthcare condition, you can get an online video, telephone, or secure messaging visit with a licensed healthcare provider for $59 or more. The AZOVA Digital Health Networks connects you with healthcare providers in all 50 states so you can access convenient healthcare anywhere, anytime.

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Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to very severe. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of breath or diffculty breathing
  • Chills or repeated shakes with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

More severe cases

The following symptoms are more common in severe cases of COVID-19:

  • Shortness of breath that leaves you unable to speak full sentences
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Note: If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms or believe you are in an emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

About Rapid Antigen testing

Rapid antigen tests are good for testing people who are showing signs and symptoms of an active COVID infection. The most ideal time to get an accurate test result from a rapid antigen test is 5-7 days from the onset of symptoms.

What are the pros and cons of taking a rapid antigen test versus a PCR test?

Rapid antigen tests are not as sensitive as RT-PCR tests and are more likely to give a false negative result in people who have lower amounts of the virus in their nasal secretions. If you have symptoms AND your test result comes back negative, we recommend you get one of our PCR tests (either the at home kit or in pharmacy kit or rapid PCR test in the pharmacy). The benefit of a rapid antigen test is its speed; results are usually available in 10 to 15 minutes.

Does the antigen test use saliva or a nasal swab?

Most of the rapid antigen tests that are on the market right now use a nasal swab but some can be run with a saliva sample.

What do my results mean?

Your results are reported as either positive/detected, negative/not detected or indeterminate.
A positive result means that the SARS-2 COVID-19 viral RNA particles were detected in your sample.
A negative result means that the RNA particles were NOT detected in your sample.
An indeterminate result can be reported for a few reasons. Your testing provider will provide guidance if this occurs.

What if I get a positive test result?

If you are symptomatic and you receive a positive result, you should isolate yourself according to the CDC guidelines. If you receive a positive result and you are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, it is recommended you follow up with a PCR test (link back to the self administered kit) because antigen tests are not accurate in determining if you are an asymptomatic carrier of the SARS CoV-2 virus.

What if I test negative and I have symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19?

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, and your rapid antigen test is negative, it is recommended that you do a follow up test with a PCR test. There are many viruses or bacterial infections that can cause the same or many of the same symptoms as COVID-19 and it is possible to also be infected with more than one virus or bacterial infection at the same time. Despite this, it is best to get a follow up PCR test if your antigen test came back negative when you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Regardless, you should isolate yourself if you are sick.

Will I get a copy of my results?

If your pharmacy is offering rapid antigen testing through the AZOVA network, you will receive an email and SMS notification with a link to access your secure results through your AZOVA account. In addition, your results will automatically be added to your COVID Credentials on AZOVA. You can share your COVID Credentials with anyone you like. You can also track and share your COVID immunization information through your COVID Credentials.

How long does it take to get a result for a rapid antigen test?

A rapid antigen test usually gives you results in 10 to 15 minutes.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine is the process of keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive to COVID-19, please refer to the CDC guidelines for quarantine here. Isolation is the process for isolating someone who is sick or who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others. You can read more about CDC isolation guidelines here.

Will my test results be reported to my state?

Yes. By law, rapid antigen test results are reported to your state.

Is the test covered by insurance?

COVID testing through AZOVA is a self-pay service. AZOVA does not submit claims to any insurance company. We will provide you with a receipt in your email and in your AZOVA account that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. This is not a guarantee that your insurance will cover the cost of the test. Whether or not your insurance will cover the cost of the test is up to your insurance provider. You can use most HSA or FSA cards to purchase a COVID test, however reimbursement is up to your employer.

COVID Credentials

Upload lab results and your covid immunization records from any laboratory, and securely share them with anyone you like. Create your COVID Credentials in two minutes.

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At-home testing will be shipped next day with UPS. Shipping included.

When you purchase an at home test kit at a pharmacy, your kit includes next day air service back to the lab where available.

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