The rapid COVID test is administered at the point of care by nasal swab by a medical assistant or primary care provider. The rapid antigen test can return results showing whether the patient is infected with acute COVID-19 the same day, as opposed to the 3-5 day estimated wait for most nasal swab tests.
We use SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) for the rapid COVID-19 test. This is a state-of-the-art technology to detect nucleocapsid proteins indicating the presence of SARS-CoV-2. This quick, simple, and easy-to-use test provides objective results for the utmost possible accuracy.
The rapid COVID test reveals only whether the COVID-19 virus is currently present. It does not test whether or not the patient has previously been infected by COVID-19, or whether any other viruses are currently present. The test does not react to the presence of any other seasonal coronaviruses.
Besides the rapid covid test MOM also currently offers nasal swab testing for COVID-19, as well as antibody testing to determine whether you have been infected with the coronavirus in the past. We have instituted all procedural changes recommended by the CDC to ensure that all of our patients’ safety is protected in every way possible when they come into our offices for appointments while the pandemic is ongoing.
The COVID-19 antibody test is a blood test that provides qualitative and quantitative detection of IgM and IgG antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 in individuals suspected of COVID-19. After infection, the virus antigen stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that can be detected in the blood. Among these antibodies, the IgM antibodies appear early and are mostly positive after 3-5 days of onset.
The IgM titers then decrease while the IgG antibody potency starts to rise rapidly. During the recovery phase, the titer of the IgG antibody may increase four times or more compared to the acute phase.
Combined with the Nasal Swab by RT-qPCR, the COVID-19 Serological Antibody Blood Test offers a valuable diagnostic tool in identifying infected patients. According to recent studies, the COVID-19 antibodies are not detectable before 3 days after onset of symptoms (or at least 7 to 10 days after infection). However, antibody tests can detect past infection because virus-specific antibodies can persist in the blood for several weeks/months after the onset of symptoms. Since the exact time of infection is often unknown, combining RT-qPCR (nasal swab) and IgM/IgG testing (blood test) can improve the accuracy of the COVID-19 diagnosis.
COVID-19 Antibody Test is recommended to be used on patients with at least 5 days after onset of symptoms or 7-10 days after infection with the virus.
We are excited to announce that they are now offering rapid COVID-19 testing with results in as little as 15 minutes.
The rapid results are made possible through antigen testing. Antigen testing detects the proteins of the virus that causes COVID-19. Antigen tests are specific to the virus they are testing but are not as sensitive as molecular tests. The other forms of COVID-19 testing check for genetic material of the virus on the molecular level and have to be sent to an outside lab. The collection of the sample for both tests remains the same, a nasopharyngeal swab.
How accurate are the results of the antigen testing?
If you have a positive test result, you likely have COVID-19. The proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were found in your sample. Therefore, it is also likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. There is a minimal chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false-positive result). Your provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test result(s) along with your medical history and your symptoms.
A negative test result means that proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample. This test can give an incorrect negative result (false negative) in some people with COVID19. It is possible that you have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If your test result is negative, your provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you. The amount of antigen in a sample may decrease the longer you have symptoms of infection. Specimens collected after you have had symptoms for more than seven days may be more likely to be negative. A swab may be taken to confirm the negative result with an outside laboratory in 2-5 days.
Getting a test is no longer only restricted to people with symptoms or those with confirmed exposure to the virus. If you believe you have been exposed and/or are experiencing symptoms, visit the Us right away!.
When you arrive at the clinic, Please call us and we will test outside. We will let you know when it is your time to be seen by text or phone call. We are open every day with extended evening and weekend hours.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
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