PCR COVID-19 Tests Available Near White Oak, MD
Fast Track Urgent Care is here to meet the coronavirus testing needs of families in White Oak, Maryland, and surrounding communities. Our fully equipped urgent care clinic in nearby Silver Spring now offers saliva-based PCR COVID-19 tests. What does this mean for our patients? Let’s take a closer look.
PCR Testing for COVID-19
A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test—sometimes referred to as a molecular test—is considered the gold standard in coronavirus screening, providing highly accurate results without the need for retesting. This test works by detecting genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease known as COVID-19. Rapid testing, on the other hand, screens for proteins related to SARS-CoV-2.
Up until now, a PCR COVID-19 test typically involved a nasopharyngeal swab—a specimen collection method that involves inserting a long cotton swab into the nasopharyngeal space located behind the nose. While not necessarily painful, nasopharyngeal swabs can be uncomfortable and cause your eyes to water. That’s why Fast Track Urgent Care is pleased to offer saliva tests, which require patients to simply expel a small amount of saliva into a collection tube. The result of a saliva-based PCR COVID-19 test is usually available in one or two business days.
If you are interested in receiving a PCR COVID-19 test at Fast Track Urgent Care, contact our friendly team today or watch the video on this page to prepare for testing and see our latest COVID-19 testing updates. We’re here to answer any questions you may have.