Covid-19 Testing – Frequently Asked Questions
TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS
Our office is happy to announce that we have a variety of tests available for coronavirus.
Please call to ask about onsite COVID testing for you company or group.
Testing is only available by appointment.
The test options available:
- Rapid Antigen Test (15 min): best for patients who are currently having symptoms. Intended for diagnosis. The sensitivity is a little lower than the PCR, so that is why it is more helpful in patients with ACTIVE symptoms. Turn around in 15 minutes. If your result is negative, you may be recommended to get a PCR for backup. FDA Media: Please click here for more details on this test
- PCR Test (nasopharyngeal swab or saliva): best for patients who are currently having symptoms or have been recently exposed (immediate-Day #5 depending on exposure). Intended for diagnosis. We can offer routine testing (turn around 2-5 days) and expedited testing (turnaround generally in 2 days).
- Cue Test (25 min): This test is best for people with or without symptoms. This is a molecular NAAT test which is best described as a “PCR-equivalent” meaning it offers results as good as the PCR, but may not be accepted for international travel purposes. Please click here for more details on this test
- COVID-19 IgG Antibody test (Roche send out test): best for people who may have had symptoms or been exposed at least 10-14 days ago. Usual results in 1-2 days.
|Best Candidate||Testing site||Wait time|
|Rapid Antigen||With symptoms||Anterior nose||15 min|
|PCR-Routine||With or without symptoms; immediate-5 days after exposure*||Anterior nose or Saliva**||2-5 days|
|PCR – Expedited||As above; for travel||Anterior nose or Saliva**||2 days***|
|Cue Test||Molecular test, PCR-equivalent, generally not for travel||Anterior nose||25 min|
|Antibody||14 days from exposure or symptoms, no current symptoms||Blood specimen||1-2 days|
*The timing of testing depends on the type of exposure and presence of symptoms. We can help you decide, if you have questions.
**PCR can be performed both via Anterior Nares and Saliva method with the same sensitivity. Most people prefer the Saliva, but it may not be suited for very young children. Limited countries request nasal swab. Please specify if you prefer Nasal swab as Saliva is our default.
***The Expedited PCR generally is returned within 24-48 hours of the lab receiving the specimen, not the timing of your specimen collection at the clinic. This timing is not able to be guaranteed and may be affected by holidays or increased demand.