Rescue 7 now provides individual rapid testing services at our office in Markham
Who is eligible?
Rapid Antigen testing is available to any individual who meets the asymptomatic criteria as follows:
• Be asymptomatic (no Covid-19 symptoms)
• Have not been in contact with someone known to have covid-19 within the last 14 days
• Have not been advised to quarantine in the last 14 days
• Have not been advised to get tested for covid-19 through an exposure notification
• Have not previously tested positive for covid-19 withing the last 90 days and/or have not been provided with a valid return to work `notification
IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms – fever, new onset of cough, worsening chronic cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, decrease or loss of sense of smell or taste, chills, headaches, unexplained fatigue, malaise, muscle aches, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pink eye, runny nose or nasal congestion without other known cause, please contact an assessment centre for testing and/or seek medical attention.
What is a rapid antigen screen and what is the difference between PCR and Antigen Test?
A rapid Covid-19 antigen screen/test is NOT used to diagnose covid-19 and is different from a covid-19 test.
• Rapid Antigen test screen may identify the present of antigens in your body which are proteins on the virus surface. This may indicate that you have an active covid-19 infection. A follow up covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is needed to confirm a covid-19 diagnosis
• With antigen screening/testing the results are available in 15-20 minutes and do not require a lab to process the results. Screening can be done at the Rescue 7 location with much faster results than a covid-19 PCR test, however, it may be less sensitive
• A rapid antigen test is a preliminary result. A test with a positive result does not confirm a diagnosis of Covid-19. To confirm a diagnosis, you must contain Public Health, attend a Covid-19 Assessment Centre and follow up with a Covid-19 PCR test. This test is sent to a lab and results are available in a few days
Is Rapid Antigen Screening an accepted negative test for travel purposes?
For certain destinations, a rapid antigen screening test is accepted to provide as your negative viral test for travel purposes. Requirements for travel change frequently and each destination is different. It is the responsibility of the traveller to check the entry requirements of their destination.
What is the purpose of screening?
Rapid antigen screening will help to identify possible covid-19 infections and minimize the risk of unknown spread of the virus, it does not provide a diagnosis of the virus. Existing health and safety measures (hand washing, face masks, etc), as well as following all Public Health guidelines (social distancing, enhanced cleaning) should continue to be practiced regardless of any type of screening or test performed. Antigen screening is an additional protective measure but is not the same as a Covid-19 PCR test and does NOT prevent someone from getting covid-19. A positive antigen test is considered ‘preliminary and a follow-up PCR test is required to confirm a diagnosis.
Am I eligible for this screening if I have had the Covid-19 vaccine?
Yes. If you have already received the covid-19 vaccine you are still eligible for rapid antigen screening / testing
What are the entry requirements for each country U.S., Europe, etc…..
Entry requirements for travel change frequently. It is the responsibility of the traveler to check the entry requirements of the destination. More information can be found here https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php
How to book your test?
Please call Rescue 7 at 905-474-0770 to learn more and to book your appointment.