How And When Will I Get Results?
Results for Rapid Test
Expect to receive your results within approximately 15-30 minutes.
Results for PCR Test
Due to increased demand, the average turnaround time for PCR (Nasal Swab) lab results is currently 1-3 days, but can take longer depending on lab partner and other factors.
Results for Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Tests)
Please allow 3-5 days to receive your results.
How Much Do Each Of These Tests Cost?
Prior to visiting us for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for clearance, travel or work, we recommend contacting your insurance provider ahead of your visit to confirm they will cover the cost of your Med Plus visit and testing. Med Plus will submit a bill to your insurance company but some insurance plans may deny COVID-19 related claims.
Please note, evaluation by a provider is required for all patients requesting a COVID-19 test.
What Do These Covid-19 Tests Detect?
Rapid and PCR Tests
The Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test)
Detects if you have had prior exposure to or infection with COVID-19 and have built antibodies for the virus. For most viral illnesses, a positive antibody means prior exposure to a virus and possible immunity to future infection. As COVID-19 is a novel (new) infection, it is unclear if a positive antibody offers immunity. Med Plus recommends universal precautions (Hand washing, social distancing and masks when appropriate).
SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus, is responsible for COVID-19. Following a report of a group of ‘viral pneumonia’ cases in Wuhan, WHO first discovered this viral disease on December 31, 2019.
COVID-19 symptoms may begin to appear within two to 14 days of exposure. The incubation period refers to the time between exposure and the onset of symptoms. Even if you don’t show any signs, you can spread COVID-19. The following are examples of typical symptoms that you may encounter:
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore Throat
- Shortness of breath
Anyone experiencing symptoms should be checked as soon as possible. People that do not have symptoms but have had direct contact with someone who is, or may be, infected should also consider testing.
If you have symptoms, you will need an antigen or PCR test to see if you are currently positive for COVID-19. You do not need antibody testing if you are having symptoms. We will typically do an antigen test to get a quick answer. If the antigen test is negative but we still suspect that you are positive, we will send off a PCR test to our partner lab.
Samples from your nose or mouth can be used in a viral test to determine if you have the virus that causes COVID-19. Viral tests are classified into two categories: rapid tests and laboratory tests.
- Rapid Tests– An antigen test can be performed or interpreted by someone other than the person being tested in minutes. A rapid test, which can be performed at home, is also available. These tests are convenient to use and provide results immediately.
- Laboratory Tests– NAATs, such as RT-PCR and other types of NAATs, can take several days to complete.
As with vaccination, masking, and physical separation, COVID-19 testing is one of several risk-reduction measures that can help you and others by reducing the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading.
Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in your blood through an antibody test. Known as antibodies, these proteins are produced by your immune system to aid in the fight against infection and to keep you from becoming ill in the future.
A blood test for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 can reveal whether or not you have antibodies present. You produce antibodies in your immune system to help fight infection and prevent you from becoming ill again in the future.
Testing is essential to assist in the reduction of the spread of COVID-19. You should always discuss the results of your tests with your healthcare professional.
When it comes to COVID-19 tests, they can detect either SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, or antibodies that your body produces after contracting the disease or after being vaccinated against the disease.
Yes! We love helping travelers. Please check with specific requirements to know if you need a PCR test or an antigen test. We do in-house antigen testing but will need to send out a PCR test.