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TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Amid a further rise in coronavirus cases, Tampa Bay health officials are anticipating unanswered questions by shattering the differences between PCR and rapid tests and what it must be considered before taking one.

“Rapid tests are great because they are exactly that – they are fast. They are less technologically sophisticated, ”said Dr. Kami Kim, director of infectious diseases and international medicine for USF Health and Tampa General Hospital. She says you should consider your situation before deciding.

“The PCR test is more precise. It is less likely to have what is called a false negative. In other words, if you have Covid, a PCR test is the gold standard, ”said Dr Kim.

With huge demand for PCR testing, however, Dr Kim says it’s essential to assess your situation before making a decision. For example, healthcare professionals suggest that immunocompromised patients undergo the test available to you at this time.

“Get the test you can get. If you are worried and symptomatic, you should contact your health care provider and see if it makes sense to go ahead and have a PCR test as well. But if you live a fast-paced lifestyle and need to find out sooner, she says symptoms may exceed preferences. “Getting tested early when you have symptoms is probably more important because you don’t want to pass it on to other people, you may have to make decisions about work and other types of things, so you will need to maybe find out quickly, ”said Dr. Kim.

What local doctors keep telling Floridians is that vaccinations and guidelines should be a top priority.

“If you are not vaccinated, you must be vaccinated. If you are not boosted, you must be boosted. Masks, distance, whatever we tried to do during the pandemic, ”said Dr Michael Teng, also with the USF Health sector.

“The vaccine works. It keeps people out of trouble until they land in the hospital, ”said Dr Kim. “Wearing masks, keeping your distance, washing your hands, that makes a difference. Is it perfect? No.”

Tampa Bay health officials clarify questions about testing – CBS Tampa

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