Asymptomatic Testing at School: How It Works

If you didn’t already know, the school is now offering asymptomatic Covid testing, and there were a few emails sent that cover the guidelines: including the fact that you need to bring in a waiver. Though it’s being offered, you are not required to take a test.

The school is being given BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Test Cards, and to the best of my knowledge, all of the student athletes have gotten tested. From first hand experience, and from the experience of other students, I can tell you that this test does not hurt at all, and it’s not like the one everyone knew about a few months ago where it felt like they swabbed your brain. This test is self administered and only takes 5 swabs in both nostrils, and then you’re done! Then after waiting 15 minutes, your results come in, which is a pretty speedy test.

I wanted to know how a Covid test could give you results that fast, so I did some quick research on what BinaxNOW testing was all about, and I simplified it here for you. First, 6 drops of Extraction Reagent are squeezed into a specific slot on the testing card. Then you swab your nose and slide the swab in the slot where the drops of Extraction Reagent were just dropped, and after that you just twirl the swab 3 times in a clockwise direction. The extraction reagent then works to detect the presence of viral antigens, and generally if they are present, then you are given a positive test result and vice versa. If you want to find out more about this test in detail, this link will help you on your endeavor.

This test helps identify those who are contagious because they are currently infected with Covid. BinaxNOW testing can be really helpful to stopping the spread of coronavirus since it can quickly detect who is contagious and asymptomatic, because that is one of the dangers of Covid-19: the fact that even if you have no symptoms, you can still spread it. Hopefully with these new tests, we’ll be able to go back to normal life soon, which is something everyone wants.

Alicia Chen

Alicia is currently a freshman, graduating in 2024. Her favorite book is One of Us Is Lying, and she enjoys writing informational pieces that provide differing opinions on various topics. She likes to interview other students and feature their opinions and experiences in her writing as well.

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