Same Day COVID-19 Antigen Test
The Same Day COVID-19 Antigen Test detects protein fragments from the coronavirus if you’ve been infected. They are used as screening tests to see if someone diagnosed with COVID-19 remains infectious. Or, it can test a person who isn’t displaying symptoms (asymptomatic) to detect or exclude COVID-19.
Travel increases and more schools and businesses open their doors. This kind of testing is important to determine who is infectious. That way, they can quarantine and not spread the virus to their family, friends, and the general public.
As more people begin flying and traveling, we anticipate that a negative test result may be required. Please check with your airline to see if they would accept a Same Day COVID-19 Antigen Test.
What Do the Antibody Test Results Mean?
Antibodies are proteins that are produced by your immune system in response to an infection. As your body fights off the virus, it will develop antibodies. IgM antibodies are the largest antibodies in the body and are typically produced first when you get infected by a virus. IgG antibodies are small and produced later in the course of an illness. IgG panels are used to detect “recent infection” or “in-recover” states.
Your antibody test will show one of the four following results.
Both IgM and IgG are negative – you’ve never been infected with COVID-19, or you are still in the incubation period.
IgM is positive, but IgG is negative – you are in the early phase of the COVID-19 infection.
IgM is negative, but IgG is positive – you have recently been infected with COVID-19 and now have protection against COVID-19.
Both IgM and IgG are positive – you have an active COVID-19 infection, and your body is building protection against it.
Same Day PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Test
We also offer nasal swab tests to test if you are currently infected. For this test, we insert the swab into the nose to get a mucus sample.
After the sample is collected, it is safely packaged and sent to Acutis Diagnostics. This is a lab that specializes in toxicology and infectious disease. It takes three business days. They test for COVID-19 using the SARS CoV-2 Real-time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. Offered under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), the test validation showed >99% sensitivity and 100% specificity within the test environment. We use the lab for confirmatory testing to ensure you’re getting accurate results.
Same Day NEAR Test
“Near” stands for “Nicking Endonuclease Amplification Reaction.” NEAR testing is another method for making many copies of the genetic material similar to PCR. There are a few differences from PCR. One difference is that NEAR is isothermic, meaning it stays the same temperature throughout the test as opposed to the heating and cooling cycles of PCR. The other difference is that instead of making copies of the entire DNA or RNA strand, NEAR nicks (cuts out) as section near the middle of the strand using the endonuclease enzyme and makes copies of just a section of the DNA or RNA (endo in this sense means towards the middle). The end result is essentially the same as a PCR in that there are thousands and thousands of copies of genetic material from a single virus particle.
Same Day RT-PCR Test
RT-PCR is one type of PCR testing and is the Gold Standard of COVID testing. It is accepted for all known travel requirements. It stands for Reverse Transcriptase – Polymerase Chain Reaction. What this test does is uses enzymes (transcriptase and polymerase) to isolate strands of COVID genetic material. It then makes thousands of copies of that unique genetic material. This means that even if only a few virus particles are present in the patient’s sample, the test will make thousands of copies of a unique part to detect it. PCR uses a method of alternately heating and cooling the sample known as “cycling” and the test is preset between 20-30 cycles, which gives several thousands of copies and is thus considered the most sensitive test.
Need Clearance to Go Back to Work or Travel? Get COVID-19 Testing Here Today!
Many companies are requiring physical or medical clearance from their employees and customers to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is also true of airlines.
All of these tests are approved by the CDC for travel into the US. But, not all counties accept NEAR or antigen testing for travel outside of the US. The PCR is the only one that is accepted by all at this time. For travelers that need testing, the patient is responsible for having the email they receive after booking their flight to determine the right test for them at the time of the visit.