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Many thanks to all who participated in the virtual prayer walk! All total, 257.83 miles were walked, and many prayers lifted for the end of this pandemic!

Have you been curious about the types of tests used in relation to COVID? Let’s hike on over to the CDC….

There are different types of tests done...viral testing is done by either a nasal swab or saliva to see if you currently have an infection. Blood testing is done for antibodies to see if you had an infection.

The CDC offers these explanations about these tests:

"Viral tests check samples from your respiratory system, such as a swab from the inside of your nose, to see if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Results from point-of-care tests may be available at the testing site in less than an hour. Other viral tests must be sent to a laboratory for analysis, a process that can take a few days."

Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which may tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and can provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity). Antibodies are disease specific. For example, measles antibodies will protect you from getting measles if you are exposed to it again, but they won’t protect you from getting mumps if you are exposed to mumps.

Except in instances in which viral testing is delayed, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current COVID-19 infection. An antibody test may not show if you have a current COVID-19 infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies."

The LA Department of Health answers the question of, “How long after exposure should I get tested?”

“You should wait a few days from when you were exposed. This is because the time between when you are exposed and when your test would be positive can vary from 4-14 days. Therefore, even though someone may have the virus, the test

would not be positive until possibly day 4 or longer. If you have been a close contact of someone who is positive, consult with your doctor to see if they think you need to be tested and when.”

This link to the CDC also gives guidance on interpreting testing results>>

I hope this information has helped! We still have a journey ahead, and so please, let us walk together and continue to pray for the end to this pandemic, for strength for the journey, and that all will be kept safe.

Faithfully yours,