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Coronavirus Nasal Swab and Antibody Testing

Coronavirus PCR Molecular Nasal Swab Test

Molecular viral tests detect the genetic material of the virus itself and are commonly used for diagnosing active COVID-19 infection.  The viral PCR test is a nasal swab test. A sample is collected from inside the nose to determine whether you or your child is currently infected with COVID-19.  We recommend a molecular PCR nasal swab test if you or your child is currently dealing with respiratory and/or other symptoms listed above and you are concerned that you may have active COVID-19. We also recommend a nasal swab if you believe you may have been exposed to someone with the virus but do not have symptoms. PCR viral tests must be sent to a laboratory for analysis, a process that can take a few days. 

Sofia COVID-19 Rapid AntigenTest

If you are in a rush to receive your results and need your results immediately, we also provide FDA-EUA approved point of care Sofia Rapid Antigen test with results in as little as 15 minutes. Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens, for example nasal swabs.  Sofia Antigen Rapid Test is proven to have a sensitivity of 96.7% and specificity of 100%. If you or your child believes you may have been exposed, or are currently infected, with the virus that causes COVID-19 based on your signs and symptoms, and/or other risk factors and you are within the first five days of the onset of symptoms then this test is a great option. 

Coronavirus Antibody Testing

A COVID-19 antibody test, also known as a serology test, is a blood test that can detect if a person has antibodies to COVID-19. If you have a positive test result, it is possible that you have previously had COVID-19. They should not be used to evaluate if you are currently infected or contagious (ability to infect other people). Antibodies can take days or weeks to develop in the body following exposure to a COVID-19 infection and it is unknown how long they stay in the blood. At this time, researchers do not know whether the presence of antibodies means that you are immune to the coronavirus in the future or if you are immune, how long it will last.

COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests and Antibody Tests
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