We use the following terms related to COVID-19 testing and containment throughout the Aggies Care site:

  • The Student Health Center uses two different tests for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. There are specific indications that dictate which test will be used.
    1. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) molecular test for the active presence of the COVID-19 virus requires 2-4 days for results. 
    2. The rapid antigen test for active infection with results available in 15 minutes at the test site. If done too early after exposure, a false negative may occur.
  • Antibody blood test: In some cases this may identify past infection, but may not be used to indicate immune status or resolved infection.
  • Isolation: A protocol used when a person has been confirmed to have the COVID-19 virus. People who are COVID-19 positive can reside with others who are also COVID-19 positive, but should be isolated from those who do not have the virus.
  • Quarantine: A protocol used for someone who is determined to have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Quarantine lasts for the estimated incubation period for COVID-19 (14 days) and involves separating the person as much as possible from all other contacts.
  • Direct close contact: Criteria for determining whether the contact with an infected individual warrants quarantine, based on proximity, length of time in contact, environment context (e.g., large room, outside), active symptoms of the infected person with whom contact is made.
  • Examples of risky direct close contact include:
    • Being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10-15 minutes during a 24-hour period and neither of you were masked.
    • Sleeping in the same room or living in the same household with an infected person
    • Direct physical contact (e.g., kissing, hugging) with an infected person
    • Attending an indoor event where masks were not worn by everyone
    • Eating or drinking with a crowd in an indoor space