Testing Information

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The virus first identified in China has now spread globally, including in the United States. There is limited information available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with COVID-19 but it is likely spread to others from an infected person who may not show signs or symptoms of being sick. (e.g., fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, etc.)

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

What is the SARS-CoV-2 lgG/lgM Serology Rapid Test?

Antibody blood tests, also called antibody tests, check your blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous infection with the virus. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with a current COVID-19 infection. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections. Antibody tests should not be used as the only way to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

CDC source

Key Features of the antibody test.

  • Provides positive/negative results in 15 minutes.
  • Works with finger-stick, whole blood, serum, or plasma sample type.
  • Increased screening with IgM and IgG antibody detection.
  • Ideal high volume screening device to compliment nucleic acid tests.

How much does it cost?

The cost of testing and subsequent provider appointment are covered by all insurances without co-payment. If you do not have insurance, your testing may also be covered by federal programs.

Is this test FDA-approved?

This test has been emergency authorized by the FDA. During a public health emergency, the FDA can use its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority to allow the use of unapproved medical products, or unapproved uses of approved medical products, to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases when certain criteria are met, including that there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.

Source: US Food & Drug Administration

FDA source

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