You may have recently read that the CDC walked back guidelines for asymptomatic people, stating that those without symptoms don’t necessarily need testing. However, public health officials almost unanimously disagree with this guidance. 40% of people with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic for the entirety of their infection.
It’s true that it’s still unclear to what extent people who are entirely asymptomatic throughout their infection can spread the virus. However, pre-symptomatic people—perhaps the reason the pandemic took off in the first place—are of most concern. These are people who have the potential to spread the virus in the days before they develop symptoms.
This indicates an even greater need for fast test results. According to the World Health Organization, the incubation period between infection with COVID-19 and onset of symptoms averages about 5-6 days.
However, many of the larger COVID-19 testing companies are currently offering results between 7-10 days. Some people have even been reporting waits of 3 weeks or more. By that point, a person may well have spread the virus on to several others without showing any symptoms.
At Avalon Laboratory Solutions, we understand that earlier test results means much greater ability to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. This is why we guarantee accurate results within 24-48 hours. This allows the ability to catch COVID-19 in pre-symptomatic people early, so that they can isolate and stop the spread.
Everyone’s availability is different, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all method for COVID-19 testing. At Avalon Lab Solutions, we can schedule you immediately to be tested in two different ways: through drive-in testing at our lab or an at-home test. In both cases, you’ll receive results within 48 hours.