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After two years of lockdown who isn't ready for a vacation. I know I was. I went to Hawaii with my 6-year-old to see friends and to spend time relaxing on the beach. I'm a mom so you know I was prepared. I looked at flight requirements for flying from Vancouver to Hawaii. I was vaccinated and tested before arriving. Getting there wasn't the problem. Ok. It was a problem but it wasn't the biggest problem of the trip. Traveling with a 6-year-old during a pandemic isn't the easiest thing in the world.

There are several tests to determine if you have COVID-19. These tests identify SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in different ways. Antigen tests detect molecules present on the outer surface of the virus. RT-PCR looks for the presence of the virus’ genetic material. Antibody tests look to see if the immune system is producing antibodies against the virus. We’ll go over what each test does with the pros and cons of the different tests. This educational content will help you understand which test might be the right one for you.

COVID-19 and the seasonal flu may have similar symptoms but there is an easy quick test that will tell you which one you have.

COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Seasonal flu is often caused by either influenza A or influenza B.
How can you know which virus you have? The rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, and influenza B. One test for three viruses. A nasopharyngeal swab (swab that goes up the nose and to the back of the throat) is needed for the test. The test is designed to be taken with in the first 5 days of symptoms. The test takes 15 minutes for results.

If you show a positive COVID-19 result, a doctor may want a molecular PCR test to confirm the result.

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