What is the difference between a rapid test and quick lab turn-around time?

Rapid, point-of-care

  • Diagnostic tests that use a mucus sample from the nose or throat but can be analyzed at the doctor’s office or clinic where the sample is collected and results may be available in minutes. These may be molecular or antigen tests.
    • Note that rapid, point of care test refers to the testing technology being used and is different than the lab turn-around time.

Lab turn-around time

  • The amount of time the lab takes to process the test and to be able to provide the results.

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1. Should I get tested?
2. Where can I get tested?
3. What should I know about At-Home testing?
4. How do I order the free At-Home rapid testing kit?
5. How can I get to a testing site if I don’t have transportation?
6. If I have no symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19?
7. What is the difference between the tests available?
8. Should I get tested if I think I have been re-infected?
9. What about COVID-19 at-home tests if I am blind or low vision?
10. Where can I get ongoing care including primary care if I am uninsured?
11. How much does it cost to get a COVID-19 test?
12. What about antibody/serologic testing?
13. Where can I find more testing resources and information?
14. What should I bring when I get tested?
15. How do I get my results from my test?
16. How soon will I get my results?
17. What is the difference between a rapid test and quick lab turn-around time?
18. How are rapid COVID-19 tests different from other tests?
19. What are the different types of rapid COVID-19 tests available?
20. What should I know about rapid testing before getting a rapid test?
21. What questions should I ask the site that is conducting rapid testing?
22. What options are there for a homebound person to get tested or vaccinated?
23. What are the requirements for travel?