COVID-19 drive-through testing is a process where people can be tested for the COVID-19 virus while staying seated in their cars. This type of testing is typically set up in parking lots or other large open spaces, and people simply drive to the testing site where a medical technician administers the test.
Let’s talk about why COVID-19 drive-through testing is favored by patients and the few drawbacks you should be aware of.
Drive-through testing is very safe. Patients do not need to interact closely with multiple medical staff and providers in order to get tested, and they also don’t need to get in close proximity to other patients. These are pretty common issues during in-clinic testing, where patients must interact with front desk personnel, nurses, and then finally a doctor.
The distance drive-through testing offers reduces the risk of transmission of the virus because it supports social distancing. If you are symptomatic, you are not putting anyone at risk, and if you have no symptoms of the virus, it is less likely that you’ll be exposed to the virus if you stay in your car during the test.
The test is administered by a medical professional – unlike COVID-19 rapid antigen home tests, which you administer yourself. Rapid test sensitivity tends to be lower than PCR tests conducted by medical professionals. The PCR COVID-19 test is considered the gold standard for testing for the virus. It is a highly accurate test that can detect even small traces of the virus. The at-home rapid test is a less accurate test that can give false positive or false negative results.
It is also quick to get done. The drive-through testing process only takes a few minutes to do and does not cause a great interruption in your daily schedule. If you are sick, you can return home to rest and focus on your recovery.
Finally, it is highly convenient. The combination of safety and the quick administration of the test makes COVID-19 drive-through testing very advantageous compared to other methods of COVID-19 testing, which require a greater time commitment and interactions with clinic staff. It is favored by people for the great convenience it affords them.
There are some cons to COVID-19 drive-through testing that you should be aware of. First, it can be difficult to find a location that offers COVID-19 drive-through testing without an appointment. This can make getting tested immediately more challenging. Fortunately, EMC Express Care offers this service!
Second, you may find the process of finding a testing facility that accepts your insurance a challenge. Talk to your insurance company to find a facility they cover.
EMC Express Care offers patients different options for COVID-19 testing in Richmond Hill. We offer rapid in-house molecular COVID-19 testing, rapid in-house RT-PCR respiratory panel, send-out PCR testing, COVID-19 drive-through testing, as well as mobile lab PCR testing. If you are feeling too sick to drive to a testing center, let our compassionate providers know and our mobile lab testing van may be able to come to you. We currently only offer this service for self-pay patients. The EMC Express Care is committed to keeping you safe.
For any questions, call the EMC Express Care office today at (817) 503-8800, and we will walk you through our services. Our friendly staff welcomes your call!