Coronavirus Testing: What You Need to Know
SpectraCell Laboratories has joined the network of private labs to bring access to testing in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The severity of the disease varies wildly within the population and you may be wondering if you currently have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the infection in the past and have developed potential immunity.
Which COVID-19 test is right for you?
PCR (Nasal Swab) Test - Determines An Active Infection
PCR (molecular) testing is the most common and reliable method for diagnosing an existing infection by the COVID-19 virus (called SARS-CoV-2). This test looking for fragments of genetic material (called RNA) that are specific to this virus in biological tissue along the respiratory tract. Learn more
Antibody Testing - Determines Potential Immunity
It's quite possible for someone to contract the COVID-19 virus but show mild or no symptoms. Our COVID-19 Antibody Test is designed to detect antibodies (called IgM and IgG) in the blood that are present when a person has been exposed to a virus in the past and built an immune defense against it.
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PCR (Nasal Swab) Testing
This test confirms whether you currently have an active COVID-19 infection.
Results in 48-72 hours. (standard)
Expedited processing available for an additional fee; results within 24-36 hrs.
This blood test is designed to detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the blood to determine a past infection and potential immunity.
Results in 24-48 hours.
SpectraCell can facilitate onsite sample collection for COVID-19 Antibody Testing at your office to ensure the safety of your staff.
For Healthcare Providers
SpectraCell is pleased to announce that we have mobilized our efforts to bring nationwide access to COVID-19 Antibody Testing through our network of licensed healthcare providers.
Currently not offered to our clients internationally, including Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 PCR and Antibody testing, results, and more.
Because this virus has only recently come into existence, scientists are still learning about the human immune response to the disease. Although the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV2 suggests immunity, it has not yet been proven. In addition, even in other viral diseases such as measles and chickenpox, for example, for which immunity after infection or a vaccine is well understood, there are still cases of people being re-infected with a viral disease for which they once had antibodies, as it is possible for immunity to be partial, or wane over extended periods of time.
Since the SARS-CoV2 virus is structurally similar to some other viruses, particularly those that cause respiratory symptoms, there is a small chance of a false positive test – i.e. the results can be positive even if the person has not had SARS-CoV2 virus but has built immunity to a different (but similarly shaped) virus.
Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.
If symptoms of a positive PCR test exists (testing issued by the CDC to determine active infections), the patient may want to consider follow-up testing after several days.