FAQs

When Do I Get My Results?

Can you do saliva test?

 

 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. While some infections result in little to no illness, others may be dangerous and severely life-threatening.

 

Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and a recent loss of taste or smell.

 

 

 

Who should get tested?

Anyone who is experiencing any of the following symptoms, including fever or feeling feverish/chills, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea, shortness of breath, or a recent loss of taste or smell, should be tested. Additionally, anyone who might have been exposed to people with the infection within two weeks of contact should also be tested.

Your test results are delivered on the same day of your testing. In case of expedited service, you will receive your test report within 4 hours.

 

 

Yes. We can do saliva test. Numerous study results have demonstrated that saliva test is sensitive and accurate. We perform saliva RT-PCR test in our laboratory.

What Kind Of Tests Are There?

Diagnostic Tests (RT-PCR and Antigen) are used to see if you have an active coronavirus infection. The RT-PCR test detects viral genetic material while the antigen test detects specific proteins belonging to the virus.

Antibody Tests are used to see if you have antibodies made by your immune system. Antibodies are created to help fight infection, and are specific to the virus they fight.

 

Antibodies tend to stay in your blood for several weeks AFTER recovery. Because of this, they should NOT be used to diagnose Covid-19. 

What Are The Known Risks And Benefits Of Testing?

Potential Risks Include:

- Discomfort or complications during sample collection.

- Possible incorrect test results

Potential Benefits Include:

- Providing crucial information to healthcare professionals, allowing them to make informed decisions about your care.

- Helping to limit the spread of Covid-19. Keeping your friends and family safe.

 

I Tested Positive With The RT-PCR Test, What Does This Mean?

I Tested Negative With RT-PCR Test, What Does This Mean?

Receiving a positive PCR test result means you very likely have Covid-19. If this is the case, it is important to self-isolate in order to prevent further spreading the virus.

 

There is a small chance for the test to give an incorrect positive result (false positive). Your healthcare provider will work with you to ensure the best care possible based on these results along with your medical history and symptoms.

I Tested Positive With The Antigen Test, What Does This Mean?

A negative PCR test result means that the virus for Covid-19 was not found in your sample. For someone with symptoms, this usually means Covid-19 did not cause your recent illness.

It is possible however for the test to give an incorrect negative result (false negative). This means you may still have Covid-19 despite testing negative. If this is the case, your healthcare provider will consider these results along with other aspects of your medical history to decide how to best care for you.

I Tested Negative With The Antigen Test, What Does This Mean?

If you have a positive antigen test result, it is very likely you have Covid-19, as the proteins of the virus were found in your sample. If this is the case, it is important to self-isolate in order to prevent further spreading the virus.

 

There is a small chance for the test to give an incorrect positive result (false positive). Your healthcare provider will work with you to ensure the best care possible based on these results along with your medical history and symptoms.

If you have a negative antigen test result, it means that the virus causing Covid-19 was not found in your sample. For someone with symptoms, this usually means Covid-19 did not cause your recent illness.

The amount of antigens in your body may decrease the longer an infection lasts. Samples collected after you have had symptoms or tested positive for more than five days are more likely to yield negative results when compared to a RT-PCR assay.

It is possible for the test to give an incorrect negative result (false negative). This means you may still have Covid-19 despite testing negative. If that is the case, your healthcare provider will consider these results along with other aspects of your medical history to decide how to best care for you.

I Tested Positive With The Antibody Test, What Does This Mean?

If you have a positive antibody test result, it is very likely you have or previously had Covid-19. Testing positive means your body has developed an antibody response to the virus.

Your healthcare provider will work to determine how best to treat you based on the test results along with medical history, symptoms, possible exposure, and geographic location of your recent travels.

It is possible for this test to yield an incorrect positive result (false positive).

I Tested Negative With The Antibody Test, What Does This Mean?

A negative antibody test result means that the antibodies to the virus causing Covid-19 were not found in your sample.

It is possible for this test to yield an incorrect negative result (false negative) for some patients with Covid-19. Furthermore, a negative result may occur if you are tested early in your illness, when the body has not had enough time to produce antibodies. This means you may still potentially have Covid-19 even though the test is negative.

Your healthcare provider will work to determine how best to treat you based on the test results along with medical history, symptoms, possible exposure, and geographic location of your recent travels.
 

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Source: "Coronavirus Disease 2019 Testing Basics", US Food And Drug Administration