An in-home COVID-19 nasal swab test is a convenient and accurate way to determine if you have SARS-CoV-2 without the hassle of long lines and testing kit shortages at your local testing center.
What is a COVID-19 Test?
A COVID-19 nasal swab is a simple test in which a clinician collects a sample from the inside of your nose to detect an active COVID-19 infection. There are two types of tests.
- Rapid tests are processed on site. The results will be available on the same day.
- Other tests, such as the one Drip Hydration uses, require the sample to be sent to a lab for analysis. These tests are more accurate than rapid tests. You generally receive your results within 3 business days.
How does in-home COVID-19 testing work?
Our service is NOT a DIY kit. One of our nurses comes to your location of choice to administer the test. During your appointment, our nurse will collect a sample from the inside of your nose. They will then send the sample to a lab for processing.
What is the difference between a COVID-19 test and an antibody test?
The COVID-19 nasal swab test looks for signs of an active infection. The antibody test is a blood test that looks for antibodies which are present after an infection.
How expensive is COVID-19 testing?
COVID-19 testing costs vary from state to state. Check with your local testing center to find out how much a test will cost you.
Does insurance cover testing?
Yes, insurance covers most COVID-19 testing. Check with your insurance provider to learn more about deductibles and other related fees.
What Do Test Sensitivity And Specificity Mean?
Test sensitivity and test specificity refer to the threshold that a particular medical test uses to gauge whether an individual is considered ‘sick’ or ‘healthy’. Tests are designed to have a threshold that is high enough that it correctly identifies sick individuals and low enough to exclude healthy individuals.
- Test sensitivity is the proportion of sick individuals the test correctly identifies.
- Test specificity is the proportion of individuals who are not sick that the test correctly identifies.
Tests with high sensitivity are less likely to give incorrect results such as false negatives and false positives. Tests with low sensitivity or specificity are more likely to give incorrect results.
What are false positive and false negative results?
- False positive: The individual tests positive even though they are not actually sick. False positives sometimes occur if a person has a coronavirus strain other than SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
- False negative: The individual is sick but the test comes back negative.
Getting a test with high sensitivity and specificity is important to prevent these incorrect results. False positives can lead to additional costs, treatments, and fear. Since you may not seek treatment if you do not think you are sick, a false negative can potentially cause an unintentional spread of the illness or worsening symptoms.
That’s why Drip Hydration uses a nasal swab test with high specificity and sensitivity – we want to provide you with results that are as accurate as possible.
At-Home Nasal Swab For COVID-19 With Drip Hydration
Drip Hydration brings COVID-19 nasal swab tests directly to you at home for a safe, convenient, and comfortable experience. We help you avoid the hassle of dealing with long lines at overloaded testing centers. Our in-home service also helps prevent you from either being exposed to illness or exposing others to illness.
- New York City
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