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What are the definitions of Coronavirus, COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2?

Coronavirus: Group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of disease in humans and animals. Corona is Latin for crown and the virus is named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus.

COVID-19: The World Health Organization designated name for the disease. It stands for coronavirus disease 2019

SARS-CoV-2: The actual name of the virus that causes COVID-19. It stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

What does a positive PCR test mean?

A positive test confirms a diagnosis of Covid-19.

If I test positive for the antibody, does it mean I am immune to COVID-19?

Research is being done currently to answer this question. Since COVID-19 is a new virus, we still don’t know how long antibodies will stay in our system after the infection or if they will be effective in preventing reinfection.

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms. When can I be around others?

You can be with others after:

  • 24 hours with no fever and
  • Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared
  • Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19.
  • CDC Guidelines

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms. When can I be around others?

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since the test
  • Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for 'I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.'
  • CDC Guidelines

I have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. When can I be around others?

People with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information. Testing may be recommended by your healthcare provider.

I was around a Person with COVID-19. What should I do?

It is important to remember that anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness. Please also notify your healthcare provider.

How soon can I get tested?

Appointments made in the morning will most likely be seen in the afternoon the same day.

When are the PCR results ready?

We will contact you with the results the same day.

What are the tests being offered for COVID-19?

We offer two tests:

  • Viral PCR - A swab test to determines presence of COVID -19 virus which is indicative of a current infection
  • Antibody test - A blood draw test detects COVID-19 antibodies indicative of prior exposure to the virus

Can I get both viral PCR and antibody testing at the same time?

Yes

What is the PCR test?

The PCR test (polymerase chain reaction) is a technique used to make millions to billions of copies of a specific genetic material sample rapidly. This allows a swab containing a very small sample of the virus to be amplified to a large enough amount to study in detail. A positive test confirms a diagnosis of Covid-19.

What is the Antibody Test?

An antibody tests detect antibodies that the body produces to fight the virus. Antibodies, also known as immunoglobulins, are made in response to an infection. Antibodies are proteins that helps attack the virus and kill it. Upon exposure to a virus the body starts making antibodies. Antibodies are in the blood stream.

How accurate are the tests?

Viral PCR testing is approximately 99% accurate.

Antibody testing is 100% specific. This means that if you test positive, you have antibodies and there is no chance that the positive results are a mistake (zero false positives)

Which areas are being serviced

We are providing testing to the greater Los Angeles area. Due to the high demand some areas may not be available at the times requested. For those who need testing on those days, our Drive Thru can likely accommodate them and provide same day results.

Is the swab test and the antibody test approved by the FDA?

Our lab partners are performing both the PCR testing and the antibody testing under a FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

Do I need insurance to get tested?

No

Do you accept insurance?

We do not contract with insurance companies. Depending on the type of insurance you have, a portion of the test may be covered, please contact your insurance provider for further information. Reimbursement is subject to your insurance provider’s determination.

Is free testing available elsewhere?

Yes. We also understand that there are patients who prefer to seek out free testing centers in the city. For free testing please visit the LA County testing website. There are also various public health organizations that might be helpful as well.

Who will have access to my results?

We will contact you with your COVID-19 PCR results the same day as to your appointment. As with any other medical test, you should discuss your results with your primary care physician. We follow all HIPAA compliance measures.

Is my personal health information secure?

We follow all HIPAA compliance guidelines when storing and accessing your personal information.

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