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Covid-19 Testing Options

by | May 7, 2020

In response to inquiries about Covid-19 testing, we are sharing current recommendations and available options. Note that this article was written on May 6, 2020 and that given the rapid changes as we gather more information, this information may be quickly outdated. For most up to date information, refer to the CDC website, your local Health Department and your qualified healthcare provider.

DEFINITIONS:

Covid-19 is the illness caused by the strain of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. We have now seen that people infected with this virus may have a range of symptoms. They may be completely asymptomatic, or have a mild to severe respiratory illness. The most common symptoms include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, but can also include symptoms such as loss of taste or smell, gastrointestinal illness, or neurological symptoms.

WHAT TESTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR COVID-19?

There are tests that look at whether the actual virus, SARS-CoV-2 is present in the body (molecular or PCR testing), and there are tests that look at whether your body has mounted an immune response against the virus (antibody or serology testing).

WHAT IS ANTIBODY (SEROLOGY) TESTING?

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If you have any questions, let us know and we are happy to answer them.

If you are a patient in our practice and request a test, we recommend that you book a 15-30 minute phone call or virtual visit to discuss your test results.

Warm regards,
Dr. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly

Disclaimer

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