Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 testing options

Option 1: Rapid Antigen Test

The Rapid Antigen test is administered in a private clinical setting or in the workplace. This test is a rapid test that takes 5 minutes to administer with a result time of 15 minutes. HAWI can provide training to the relevant personnel within the workplace to administer the test themselves onsite. This can be administered in a proactive way i.e. weekly, or in a reactive way i.e. when there is an outbreak, testing occurs immediately for up to 4 days. The advantages of testing in a proactive way helps to identify asymptomatic individuals, allowing them to self-isolate immediately and not pass the virus onto others. This test will tell you if you have Covid-19 right now (antigen). This is called surveillance testing. This will allow you to continually pick out the asymptomatic cases that have Covid-19.

Antigen tests can be used for screening testing in high-risk congregate settings in which repeat testing could quickly identify people with a SARS-CoV-2 infection to inform infection prevention and control measures, thus preventing transmission. In this case, and especially in settings where a rapid test turnaround time is required, there is value in providing immediate results with antigen tests, even though they may have lower sensitivity than NAATs. (cdc.gov)

The recommendation is that rapid tests should be used in circumstances where fast detection is required to contain an outbreak, or for regular screening of high-risk groups. In short: Rapid Antigen Testing keeps people working that are not infectious and sends home the people who are infectious.

Option 2: PCR Test

The PCR test is administered in a private clinical setting or in a HSE designated venue. This test is a laboratory test that has a result time of 72 hours plus. The PCR test is the gold standard of testing options. This test is available through HAWI for travel purposes only. This test will tell you if you have Covid-19 right now (antigen).

Option 3: Covid-19 Serology Test

The Covid-19 Serology test is administered in a private clinical setting or in the workplace. This test is a full blood test that has a result time of up to 72 hours. This test will tell you if you have ever had Covid-19 in the past (antibody).

Digital Health Passport

Every individual that HAWI tests for COVID-19 will have access to their results via the digital health passport.

COVID-19 TESTING

can take place at your work premises (nationwide), in your home, or in the HAWI clinic.

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