There are two kinds of tests, but lots of names

“reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction” tests
RT-PCR tests
PCR, or polymerase chain reaction tests
dna tests
rna tests
nucleic acid tests

  • tests using DNA and RNA, that recognize the virus directly, usually from nose and throat swabs

blood tests
serology tests
antibody tests
IgM-IgG tests
Immunoglobulin tests

  • tests where one detects antibodies in the blood, from the immune system producing them to fight off the virus. Always from blood-tests.

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