COVID 19 AND ANTIBODY TEST


 

SmartClinic Urgent Care is currently testing for both Covid 19 nasal swab and Antibody (Serology) testing weekly, by appointment only

If you believe you are having symptoms related to coronavirus such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or loss of taste and smell, do not walk into the clinic. Call and schedule your consultation through Solv Telemedicine or visit our website at www.mysmartclinic.com. (If your symptoms are severe call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room) 

After your consultation, a trusted staff member will provide you the date and time of your appointment. On the day of the appointment please make sure you are wearing a mask and ready to present your Identification. 

The collection is quick and easy, you will be called with your results within 48-72 hours. 

SmartClinic is doing our best to make sure you are worry free by providing you this additional service for your convenience. 

If you test positive or negative for COVID-19, no matter the type of test, you still should take preventative measures to protect yourself and others. 

Covid 19 Swab (PCR)

The test uses a swab to collect a specimen sample from the nasal mucosa. The swab is inserted through one nostril and swabbed against the inside wall of the nose to collect cells that may contain the virus. A positive result indicates that genetic material of the virus is present, but it does not indicate that other infections are also present. A negative result indicates that the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease was not found. It is possible to have a very low level of the virus in the body with a negative test result. The test identifies the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

Blood testing (IgG and IgM)

The blood test is designed to detect antibodies (immunoglobulins, IgG and IgM) against the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. The bodies’ immune system produces proteins called antibodies in response to a specific infection. They are found in the serum or plasma which is the liquid part of blood. IgM and IgG may either be ordered together or separately. Having an antibody test is helpful if: your health care provider believes you may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 based on your current or previous signs and symptoms (e.g. cough, fever, difficulty breathing); you have recently traveled to a place where COVID-19 transmission is occurs often; you have been in close contact with an individual confirmed to have or suspected of COVID-19 infection; or you have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

Antibody Test for IgG

The test detects IgG antibodies that develop in patients after symptoms of COVID-19 show. IgG antibodies remain in the blood long after an infection has passed. The presence of antibodies in the blood indicate that you may have had a COVID-19 infection in the recent past and have developed antibodies that may protect you from future infection.

However, very little is known as to how much protection these antibodies might provide against a re-infection.

Antibody Test for IgM

The test detects IgM antibodies. When a virus attacks or invades the body, IgM is the first antibody produced by the immune system. A positive IgM test indicates that you may be infected and that your immune system has started responding to the virus. IgM antibodies may linger in the blood for several days after your symptoms from a COVID-19 infection have subsided.

FAQs

Can anybody be tested?

Yes, if you qualify based on CDC guidelines then you qualify for testing.

What precautions will be taken at the testing center?

Testing will be done outside of the clinic. Call the clinic when you arrive at the testing site. In order to decrease the risk of transmission, please stay in your car until we call on you. You will be asked to approach the testing table when it is your turn. The testing staff will be properly trained and gowned wearing protective equipment. 

What does a positive test mean?

One of our providers will review your result and a clinic team member will call your home to notify you of the test result and any medical instructions. If you do not have any active symptoms (i.e. cough, fever, chest discomfort, no sense of smell) please stay at home and remain in isolation for 14 days. We will be available for telehealth visits during that time if you have questions regarding your health or change in symptoms.

What does a negative test mean?

A negative result means that at the time of testing you were not infected by the virus. There is a possibility that you may have contracted the virus, but not enough material was present in the sample that may cause a false negative testing so please continue to use caution and practice social distancing. If you test negative, you can still contract the virus at any time.

Why should I be tested? 

Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do not have symptoms and you are able to stay at home in isolation, it is not beneficial to have a test done. If you are unsure make a telemedicine appointment to determine if you need testing. 

Who should be tested?

The CDC recommends that people in close contact of someone with COVID-19 or those who are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider and tell them about their symptoms and exposure. The medical provider will decide which patients need to be tested. Keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

 

TESTING SITES



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