Understanding the Value of COVID-19 PCR Testing

Do you know someone that has been tested for COVID-19?  If they went to a test site, then they probably received a PCR COVID test. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is the most accurate, reliable, and widely-used type of COVID testing available today. It’s also a straightforward procedure. Medical professionals place a narrow swab in a patient’s nose or mouth to collect cells from the back of their throat. The sample is then safely and carefully taken to a lab to process.

The next series of steps involve rigorous lab work where chemicals (also known as “reagents”) and other equipment extract genetic material from the sample collected on the swab. Lab workers place it in a tube and transfer it to a machine that will simultaneously run a series of tests. Eventually, the virus is either identified or not identified in the person’s DNA. Patients discover if they’re COVID-19 negative or positive once the lab completes the analytics process. While the testing comprises a complex series of scientific steps, it’s quick and incredibly effective.

Thousands of Canadians consider PCR testing a part of their everyday routine. Regular testing is now a requirement to work in several industries, such as film and television, and it’s also a critical component for air travel. For example, are you frequently flying internationally for work? You’ll know that you can’t board a plane going outside of the country unless you have proof that you’ve tested negative for COVID from a PCR Test. Even with vaccines slowly rolling out, COVID-19 testing remains an essential and mandatory part of daily life. That’s why we’ve taken the initiative to conduct concierge, at-home COVID testing in Toronto, Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Integracare offers home health care services in the GTA. We’re a team of Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs), certified Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Caregivers, providing in-home dementia care and other essential healthcare services. Having been on the front lines of this pandemic from the very beginning, we’ve seen the devastation and destruction that this virus can bring. We’ve witnessed Clients and their loved ones experience pain and suffering. Seeing such turmoil is why we want to help Ontarians get through this challenging time as quickly and effectively as possible. The health and safety of all Ontarians are of utmost importance to us.

Integracare’s Concierge GTA Testing

While we continue to deliver high-quality healthcare to our beloved Senior Clients, we’re also offering Concierge PCR molecular COVID testing in Toronto and all across the GTA for people of all ages to help people and businesses in the fight against COVID-19. We’re offering exclusive Concierge COVID testing services provided by our fantastic Nursing team. Our Nurses can come directly to your home or business so you can experience the benefits of at-home PCR COVID testing. You can put your mind at ease if you’ve been concerned about your wellbeing due to any COVID symptoms.

Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of PCR testing and who can benefit from regularly receiving the quick and easy procedure.

PCR Testing Gives You Peace of Mind

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You wake up in the middle of the night, coughing with a sore throat. If this were a year or so ago, you’d probably chalk it up to the dry winter air, take a lozenge, and go back to sleep. But now, as the pandemic still very much lingers in the air, it’s easy to think of the worst-case scenario. You might convince yourself that you’ve caught COVID-19.

The best way to put your mind at rest is to have a PCR test for the virus. You don’t even have to leave your house to receive one of our PCR COVID tests. As a home healthcare provider, we understand the safety, comfort and convenience of being at home. An Integracare RPN can come directly to your place of residence or any other convenient location to administer the test.

When you receive your results, you’ll know what necessary next steps to take for your health and those around you.

You Won’t Place Others in Danger

One of the most upsetting things about potentially having COVID is wondering if you’re contagious. The virus is incredibly infectious, and it affects everyone differently. As we now know, the virus can be fatal or have long-lasting effects.

Do you live with Seniors or people with underlying health conditions? Such individuals are more susceptible to the virus. You might feel a deep sense of worry when you come home at night because you don’t know if you’re carrying the virus or not. Many people are asymptomatic, meaning they have the virus and don’t show any outward symptoms.

A simple test will ease your worries about harming the people around you. We perform PCR tests processed by accredited Ontario labs and always overseen by a licensed physician. Our mobile testing will help you and your loved ones rest easy. You’ll know whether to isolate or if it’s safe to continue working. We also strongly recommended that you contact your doctor if you experience severe COVID symptoms, such as difficulty breathing. They may advise you to visit your nearest emergency room.

It’s Not Going Anywhere

As Ontario residents continue to brave these strange times and live each day as it comes, current lockdown measures appear to be helping the number of COVID cases go down. Although it can be challenging for many people to stay inside — you probably miss seeing loved ones, and not to mention sitting down at your favourite restaurant for a meal — limiting social and physical interactions with others reduces the spread of the virus. And, the best way to measure the number of cases going up or down is with PCR testing.

Testing is the only method to confirm if you have COVID-19. Testing helps reduce the spread of the virus. If someone tests positive for COVID, they’ll know to isolate at home or, if need be, in a hospital setting. COVID testing provides data where the virus is spreading within the community.

PCR Testing is the most effective tool to isolate people with the virus to prevent further outbreaks. If you discover that you’re COVID positive because of a test, you can follow-up with people you’ve been in contact with so they can also get a test and isolate if necessary. Testing also helps the medical community better understand the virus. It helps epidemiologists, other doctors studying COVID-19, and government officials implement better public health actions.

If you have any frequently asked COVID-related questions check our regularly updated website. We provide updated information on the virus, and our home healthcare and PCR testing services.

Why Testing is Important, Even With the Vaccine Rollout

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While Canada has begun its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, we’re nowhere near the final days of this virus. Despite recent delays, the federal government has repeatedly stated that any Canadian who wants the vaccines will have them by September 2021. That’s a long time from now.

Getting the vaccine will significantly reduce the virus from spreading and increase the chances of the life we once knew coming back. But it would help if you continued to play it as safe as possible. Continue to social distance and always get tested if you experience any COVID-like symptoms. The vaccine distribution won’t be globally distributed for at least a few months, so it’s crucial to receive a COVID test if you’re feeling unwell or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID. Even after you receive a vaccine, COVID testing will still play an essential role in putting a damper on the pandemic. You’ll want to continue testing for the virus to ensure that you and your coworkers are all healthy and safe.

Canada has officially recorded over 20,000 deaths caused by COVID-19 to date, but finally, the Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam has recently said that the overall totals are trending downwards. However, she urges provinces and territories to exercise strict public health precautions to reduce case counts. COVID testing is a critical component to issuing public health precautions because:

  • It outlines where the virus is spreading so doctors can prepare local hospitals.
  • Individuals who test positive will know to isolate and receive the specialized care they need, preventing the virus spreading in the community.
  • For those who test negative, they can get back to work.

PCR Testing Results

The advantages of PCR testing are its reliability and accuracy. It’s the most precise COVID-19 test available. With one of our COVID tests, you’ll either receive a positive or negative test result. A positive test means that it’s highly likely that you have COVID-19 Coronavirus. You’ll need to contact your healthcare provider right away if your test results are positive. Alternatively, a negative test result means that it’s highly-doubtful that you have the virus at the time you took the test, and you can get back to your daily routine.

However, it’s essential to know that it’s possible to be infected with COVID but without enough virus in your body to be detected by the test. For example, such a situation may happen if you recently became sick, but don’ have symptoms yet, or it could occur if you’ve had COVID for more than a week before getting tested. It’s also important to keep in mind that you can continue to be exposed to COVID after your test, become infected, and spread the virus to others.

Even after your test, always be mindful about how you interact with others, particularly vulnerable people, such as Seniors and those with underlying health concerns. We also encourage you to pay attention to the Integracare COVID updates that we regularly post to stay fully aware of what’s happening with COVID-19. If you feel uneasy about a test result, maybe because you’ve developed additional symptoms, don’t hesitate to book another one.

Receiving Results

A great thing about PCR testing is how quickly you receive your results. You could obtain them as early as 24 hours after sample collection. But it can also take a few days, depending on how long it takes the sample to reach the lab and how many other samples are in the testing queue.  With Integracare, you are likely to get next day results.

Who’s Benefiting from Our PCR Testing?

Integracare is excited to offer mobile PCR COVID testing services for Clients via the standard nasal viral PCR lab test to people all over the GTA, including:

  • Those who travel internationally for work, departing or returning to Canada
  • Those returning to work in:
  • The film and television industry
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • Distribution
  • Professional Services

If your work requires you to be on set, at an office, in a warehouse, in a manufacturing facility or in a studio, you’ll need to test for COVID-19 periodically to ensure that you’re healthy and non-contagious. Working in such environments requires you to interact with coworkers for long hours at a time, so it’s absolutely essential that everyone there is COVID free.

Do you prefer to have testing conducted in the comfort of your home? While it’s a fast test, some people may choose to be in the privacy of their own house to receive it. It’s relatively painless, but some people find it uncomfortable or awkward. Our at-home tests provide convenience, and you won’t have to wait in line with countless other individuals.

To say that this past year has been a challenge is a colossal understatement. As we prepare for universal vaccine distribution, the world still grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, we have access to PCR testing, which provides accurate information and valuable data to determine who’s getting the virus and where. Consider the benefits of private PCR testing and contact Integracare today to book your next appointment. We handle all of our tests with excellent care, from start to finish.