Rapid Tests: Compromising Accuracy for Speed

By now you have probably heard that fast and accurate testing is one of the best ways to stop COVID-19 spread. You may have also heard about rapid tests, which can give results in as little as 15 minutes.

Sounds great, right? In theory, yes. But in reality, as many as half of negative rapid test results are inaccurate.

It’s true that fast testing is important. If people have to wait days or even weeks for their results, the results are useless at that point; they may have already gone on to spread the virus.

However, false negatives leave the potential for spreading COVID-19. Incorrect negatives may be even more dangerous, as they give people a false sense of security; people may take risks they wouldn’t have taken otherwise.

It is often recommended for people who take a rapid test follow up with a more comprehensive test. This requires extra time and effort, rather than simply taking a more accurate test to begin with. COVID-19 tests that give results within a day or two are still able to catch the virus quickly and stop spread.

At Avalon Laboratory Solutions, we understand that test results should be fast without sacrificing accuracy. That’s why we guarantee accurate results within 24-48 hours.

Everyone’s availability is different, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all method for COVID-19 testing. At Avalon Lab Solutions, we can schedule you immediately to be tested in two different ways: through drive-in testing at our lab, or an at-home test. In both cases, you’ll receive results within 48 hours. To find out more information or learn about pricing, email info@avalonlabsolutions.com.