TULSA, Okla. — With 71 testing sites across the state, positive coronavirus cases continue to grow, and now we are being told that some tests are more accurate than others.
2 Works for You spoke with a medical professional about antibody testing, and why it may be better to detect the coronavirus strand than others.
Dr. Jayen Patel is the medical director at the Oklahoma Pain and Wellness Center, one of the 71 coronavirus testing sites in the state.
He explains, of all the way to test for the coronavirus, antibody testing is the fastest, and most accurate.
Not only will you get your results in 10 minutes, but it can detect any strand of the virus as it changes month to month.
By testing antibodies, medical professionals can see any form of COVID-19 unlike with other tests.
“The antibody testing is more important because it is more sensitive. The PCR testing is only about at 70 percent sensitivity for testing because the RNA type of virus is not stable," Patel said.
Patel says he recommends people come to the Oklahoma Pain and Wellness Center with a doctor's order to receive the test.
He tells me it is free to those with government insurance, and medicaid.
Those without government insurance, and or without may get the same test for free with the Tulsa Health Department.
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