Covid-19 Testing

☑ Why is “COVID-19” testing important?

When a communicable disease outbreak begins, the ideal response is for public health officials to begin testing for it early.

That leads to quick identification of cases, quick treatment for those people and immediate isolation to prevent spread. Early testing also helps to identify anyone who came into contact with infected people so they too can be quickly treated.

While we are obviously not in that ideal situation with COVID-19, testing remains critical.

It’s crucial of course to help treat, isolate or hospitalize people who are infected. Testing also is important in the bigger public health picture on mitigation efforts, helping investigators characterize the prevalence, spread and contagiousness of the disease.

Source: https://www.heart.org/

☑ What is the Sample Required for COVID-19 Testing?

In order to diagnose current infections, we would opt for collection of upper respiratory Tract specimens such as Oropharyngeal (OP) or nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs

Collecting the OP swab: We insert a swab into the posterior pharynx and tonsillar areas. Then, we would rub swab over both tonsillar pillars and posterior oropharynx without touching the tongue, teeth, and gums.

Collecting the NP swab: We insert a flexible swab through the nares parallel to the palate (not upwards) until resistance is encountered or the distance is equivalent to that from the ear to the nostril of the patient indicating contact with the nasopharynx. Then gently, we rub and roll the swab. 

Other samples that we are able to test include, Nasal Mid-Turbinate (NMT), Anterior Nares (AN) and Oral/Saliva (O/S)

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/

☑ What Testing Preparation Needed?

There is no preparation needed. All testing for SARS-CoV-2 should be conducted in consultation with a healthcare provider. Specimens should be collected as soon as possible once a decision has been made to pursue testing, regardless of the time of symptom onset.

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COVID-19 EMPLOYER PROGRAM
 

☑ Who needs to be tested for COVID-19

All employees. 

Symptomatic employees: people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

-Fever or chills

-Cough

-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

-Fatigue

-Muscle or body aches

-Headache

-New loss of taste or smell

-Sore throat

-Congestion or runny nose

-Nausea or vomiting

-Diarrhea

Asymptomatic employees: Several studies have documented infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, in patients who never have symptoms (asymptomatic) and in patients not yet symptomatic (presymptomatic).Since people who are asymptomatic are not always tested, the prevalence of asymptomatic infection and detection of presymptomatic infection is not yet well understood. Current data, based on reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for SARS-CoV-2 and on serologic studies, suggest asymptomatic infections can be common and that the total number of infections is likely greater than the number of cases reported.

Increasing numbers of epidemiologic studies have documented SARS-CoV-2 transmission during the presymptomatic incubation period. Studies using RT-PCR detection have reported low cycle thresholds, indicating larger quantities of viral RNA, among people with asymptomatic and presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection. Likewise in viral culture, viral growth has been observed in specimens obtained from patients with asymptomatic and presymptomatic infection The proportion of SARS-CoV-2 transmission due to asymptomatic or presymptomatic infection compared with symptomatic infection is not entirely clear; however, recent studies do suggest that people who are not showing symptoms may transmit the virus.

☑ Is It Wise To Screen Employees For INFLUENZA(FLU)  And COVID-19

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/

Our Process

1 – Fill out our form and request an appointment to provide your sample (Oropharyngeal swab).

2 – We will confirm appointments by email and text.

3 – When you come to your appointment, pull up to the team in our parking lot collecting the samples. We will collect your sample in your car. 

4 – Sign a form and allow our team to collect your sample.

5 – Results will be provided to you electronically in 24-48 hours.

6 – The cost of the test is $120.

COVID-19 Employer Program

1 – Call (626) 888-3323 to obtain more detailed information about our testing service and reduced rates.

2 – We will instruct you on how to give us a list of employees that you wish to be tested.

3 – If this to be a recurrent service, we will establish a schedule for the frequency of testing.

4 – We will provide your own client portal where you will have full access to your organization’s results.

5 – We will make sure employees are notified electronically of their results.

6 – Results will be available in your portal 24-48 hours after receipt of samples.

COVID-19 testing is widely covered by insurance companies, so we will accept insurance. Also, we accept direct payment through credit card or cash. 

As part of our service, we have the capacity to test for Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19.

Results will be reported to State Health Departments.

 

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To get your Covid-19 testing process started,
or to answer any questions you may have

Please call 1-626-888-3323
and one of our Counselors
will be glad to guide you through the process.

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