FAQs About COVID Testing

According to CDC, COVID-19 related symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Infected people might experience symptoms from mild to severe illnesses.

• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Loss of smell or taste

No, we do not. Our clinics utilize a virtual waiting room where all patients complete their paperwork and wait in their car. When we are ready to test you, our staff will come to you to perform your test. All of our tests are completed in the comfort of the patients vehicle to minimize wait time and risk.

Yes, the safety and cleanliness of our clinics is a top priority. All patient rooms are cleaned and disinfected between each patient. 

Antigen tests identify the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID), which indicates the presence of a current and an active infection. They are performed on nasal swab specimens.

Blood IgG Antibody testing is to detect the presence of antibodies in an individual who has been previously infected.   It usually turns positive several weeks after having COVID and the antibodies may disappear after several months.

Results for tests depends on the type of test that has been administered:

• Rapid Antigen Test you can expect your results same day.
• PCR Active Swab Test you can expect your results in 3-5 days or choose the Rapid PCR and get same day results.
• Blood IgG Antibody Test you can expect your results same day.

All tests have been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by authorized laboratories. When we must send-out specimens, we use only accredited labs.

After being tested, you should return home immediately and quarantine at home until you receive your COVID test results. You should not leave your home unless there is a medical emergency. It is extremely important to follow these instructions strictly to help protect and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, we recommend strictly staying at home unless you have a medical condition, or your symptoms require emergency medical attention.

You and your entire household should quarantine yourselves for a minimum of 14 days. If you develop symptoms that last longer than 14 days, you must be symptom free for more than 72 hours before you and your household stop your quarantine. You and your household should only leave your home for emergency medical conditions. If you do develop symptoms you feel are part of an emergent medical condition, you should call 911 immediately and let them know you potentially have COVID-19.

To prevent the spread of germs, it is important to:

1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
3. Also, stay home when you are sick with a respiratory illness and avoid sick people if you are well.
4. Wear a mask
5. Practice social distancing

If you feel you have an emergency medical condition, you should call 911. If you think you have an emergency condition and have severe symptoms of COVID-19 (shortness of breath, high fevers, etc), you will need to let the 911 operator know that you think you might have COVID-19.

At the time of your visit, please request a note from our team. If you have already left, please call the clinic you visited to request a note.

According to the CDC 

“The onset and duration of viral shedding and the period of infectiousness for COVID-19 are not yet known with certainty. Based on current evidence, scientists believe that persons with mild to moderate COVID-19 may shed replication-competent SARS-CoV-2 for up to 10 days following symptom onset, while a small fraction of persons with severe COVID-19, including immunocompromised persons, may shed replication-competent virus for up to 20 days.”

It is recommended that you quarantine for 14 days after the exposure.  If you would like testing, it is best to come in 8-10 days after the exposure.  Any sooner may give a false negative result because it’s too soon.

The CDC recommends against re-testing once you have had a positive test.  Once you have quarantined for 10 days and your symptoms are improving and you do not have continued fevers, you may go back to work or school.  Re-testing may still be positive after those 10 days, but as long as you have taken the appropriate precautions you may resume your normal activities.  If you decide to re-test and it is positive again, you must quarantine for an additional 10 days.

The CDC states that once you have been in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive, that you should consider yourself as having the infection and quarantine for 14 days.  Testing is not generally necessary under these conditions.  If you want a test you should wait 8-10 days or come in once you develop symptoms.


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