COVID -19 Nasal Swab Test:
We offer the following rapid nasal swab tests to diagnose COVID 19.
Rapid Antigen Tests:
This detects Antigens (“spikes”) on the surface of Corona virus and are performed in our office. It takes approximately 15 min to obtain results.
Rapid Molecular Tests:
This detects genetic material (nucleic acid) from the virus. Nasal swab specimens using Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT). The NAAT assay type used in our facilities is Abbot ID NOW uses isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology and is accepted as a screening test for COVID 19 prior to travel by most airline carriers and prior to procedures by most hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
Send Out Tests:
Nasal swab specimens collected in our facility are send out to our lab partners. At present it takes 2-3 days to obtain the results
Our providers at MD 365 will discuss with you the various options to diagnose and/ or treat COVID 19 after evaluating your specific situation
These tests are generally administered to individuals belonging to any of the following:
- Has shown coronavirus symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches, new loss of taste or smell
- Is a health care worker or first responder working with coronavirus patients?
- Has been in contact with someone who has the virus in the past 14 days
- Periodically for certain employment categories or prior to certain procedures as per state and local department of health (DOH) guidelines
- For people returning to New York from certain designated states with high transmission rates of COVID 19 to help decide return to work if belonging to certain employment categories (e.g. essential workers, first responders)
- Prior to travel to certain destinations.
COVID 19 Blood Tests:
These are blood tests that can detect antibodies with high accuracy, to see if a person had previously contracted COVID -19. It takes about 2-3 days to obtain results.
Available to anyone:
- Who previously had COVID-19 symptoms.
- Those who received a positive test result for COVID-19 and have now recovered after 14 days.
- Who believe they have come into contact with someone who had the virus 3 or more weeks prior.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the difference between Antigen and Molecular COVID tests?
- There are different kinds of tests for diagnosing COVID19. Molecular tests detect genetic material (RNA) from the virus. Antigen tests detect proteins (“spikes”) from the virus. Antigen tests are very specific for the virus but are not as sensitive as molecular tests. This means that a positive result is highly accurate, but a negative result does not rule out infection. If you are tested negative, your provider may advise additional testing with molecular assays
- If you do not have an additional test to determine if you are infected and may spread the infection to others, the CDC currently recommends that you should stay home until three things have happened:
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
- Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved) AND
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
How much it cost?
- Insured: Visits primarily for COVID 19 care and treatment, your co-payment and/or deductible is waived during the coverage period of CARES act. For all other visits, standard co-payments and/or deductible apply.
- Uninsured: Medically necessary COVID 19 care and treatment provided by our office will not be charged during the coverage period of CARES act. If you are uninsured and wish to avail this service through CARES act coverage, you must present a government issued ID as proof to obtain this service. If your visit is primarily for non COVID 19 reason (s), self-pay fees apply. Please check with our office for our affordable self-pay options.
- Employment: If your employer requires a negative swab test for employment purposes, verify with your employer and/or insurer to see such services are covered by them. If not, ask our office for self-pay options.
- Send out Lab tests (Swab test & Antibody tests): are billed by our lab partners (Quest or LabCorp or Sunrise or Sherman Abrams) to your insurance carrier. Verify with your insurance carrier prior to visit if you have concerns regarding coverage.
What precautions should I take after nasal swab test?
- Anyone who receives a positive test should self-quarantine alone in their home for 14 days, and call 911 if their symptoms worsen
- Those who get negative tests should continue to exercise safe social distancing, wear a face mask and to wash hands frequently to avoid catching the virus going forward
What does a positive antibody test mean?
- A positive test result shows you have antibodies that likely resulted from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, or possibly a related corona virus.
- It’s unclear if those antibodies can provide protection (immunity) against getting infected again. This means that we do not know at this time, if antibodies make you immune to the virus.
What does a negative antibody test mean?
- If you test negative for COVID-19 antibodies, you probably did not have a previous corona virus infection that has gotten better. However, you could have a current infection. It is possible you could still get sick if you have been exposed to the virus recently since antibodies don’t show up for 1 to 3 weeks after infection. This means you could still spread the virus.
- Some people may take even longer to develop antibodies, and some people may not develop antibodies.
Where can I go for updates and more information?
- The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 is available at the CDC General webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19. In addition, please also contact your healthcare provider with any questions/concerns.