As COVID-19 spread across the United States, covid testing became a large part of our lives. Lockdowns, hoarding toilet paper, and wearing face masks all became part of the new normal while covid testing soared. Despite being such a major part of our lives now, the average person might not know exactly what happens during a covid test.

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In this video, you will learn the basics you need to know about tests for COVID-19.

There are two different types of covid tests and they both check for different things. Diagnostic tests check to see if you currently have the covid virus inside of you, and antibody tests check to see if you have had it in the past. A genetic sample will be taken and sent to a lab to be analyzed. Depending on the type of test used, the results can be returned in days or even minutes. The accuracy of different types of tests varies between them. Getting tested is important in controlling the spread of the virus.