Here’s why the ‘PCR’ COVID test is the most effective

PCR test determines how infectious a person is

Why the PCR test is most effective

With numerous types of COVID-19 tests available, in addition to increased demand and long wait times, many people are wondering which test they should undergo, or which is the most accurate.

When testing for an active COVID infection -- meaning the person is still contagious -- the administrator swabs the nose, back of the nose or saliva to test. The accuracy of the test will depend on how well that sample was collected, along with what test is actually being used.

The best test is called a PCR test, which uses a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). It is the most sensitive COVID-19 test available and helps tell how infectious a person actually is.

See how the PCR test works in the video report above.

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Dr. McGeorge can be seen on Local 4 News helping Metro Detroiters with health concerns when he isn't helping save lives in the emergency room at Henry Ford Hospital.