IGeneX, Inc., a high-complexity lab specializing in disease testing, has shared some critical testing tips as people gear up for holiday travel. By following these best practices for COVID-19 testing, holiday travelers can minimize new hassles introduced by the global pandemic.
“Traveling over the holidays can be challenging in the best of times, let alone during a pandemic,” said Dr. Jyotsna Shah, president of IGeneX, Inc. “These days, there are more things to check off your pre-trip to-do list, including taking a COVID-19 test. Many destinations require travelers to either take a test before leaving, or self-quarantine for up to 14 days upon arrival to stem the spread of the virus. IGeneX has compiled some important tips to help travelers navigate COVID-19 testing and ensure the smoothest possible holiday travel.”
Get the right test: Not all COVID-19 tests are the same, and not all tests may be accepted at your destination. Broadly speaking, there are two categories of tests: RT-PCR tests and rapid antigen tests. RT-PCR tests are considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing and the results are accepted for most domestic and international travel. These tests are slightly more expensive and can take longer to process than rapid antigen tests but are more likely to provide a correct answer. Rapid antigen tests are fast and cheap but are statistically less accurate than RT-PCR tests, especially for people who are experiencing no symptoms. The White House recently had issues with these tests providing false negative results, and nursing homes in Nevada experienced false positive results with these same rapid tests.
“We strongly recommend travelers choose an RT-PCR COVID-19 test, if possible,” said Dr. Shah. “The rapid antigen test can be good for detecting highly symptomatic people, but if you are traveling then you are likely symptom free and at a greater risk of receiving an inaccurate reading from a rapid antigen test.”
Know the regulations for your destination: COVID-19 testing requirements not only differ domestically and internationally, but also state to state. Hawaii, in particular, has some of the most stringent testing requirements of any destination. Currently, all visitors to Hawaii must show evidence of a recent negative RT-PCR test from an approved lab when arriving in the state, or else they face 14 days of quarantine
By: Dick Benson
Title: COVID-19 Testing Tips for Holiday Travel
Sourced From: alternativemedicine.com/covid-19-testing-tips-for-holiday-travel/
Published Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:03:43 +0000
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