Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by SARS CoV-2. It was identified in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019 and has spread globally. There has been an increasing number of cases reported in the United States, and it has become a global Pandemic.
Severe cases are more likely to occur in older adults (above 65 years of age), as well as pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems, and those with underlying health issues (such as lung disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart conditions, stroke, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, transplant, AIDS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis). However, serious disease can also occur in younger adults.
The risk of getting COVID-19 depends on many factors, including where you live, recent travel history, and close contact with people who have symptoms.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Restrict any activities outside your home and maintain a safe distance (around 6 feet) between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This includes avoiding crowded areas, shopping malls, religious gatherings, public transportation, etc. Wear simple cloth face coverings in public settings (like grocery stores and pharmacies) where social distancing is difficult, especially in areas where COVID-19 is spreading. Stay home and quarantine when you are sick. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home. The less you travel, the less the Virus can travel. Cover your nose & mouth if travel is necessary and wash hands throughout the day.
Seek medical attention immediately if you develop severe symptoms, especially if you
experience any of the following:
Trouble breathing Continuous pain or pressure in your chest Feeling confused or difficulty waking up Blue-colored lips or face
If you have not been tested but may have been exposed to COVID-19, self-monitoring and self-quarantine is recommended to see if you get sick. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, self-isolation is recommended so that you do not pass the virus to others.
Isolation is separating individuals with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Individuals are separated for a period of time until they are no longer infectious. Quarantine is separating individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but haven’t been tested. They are separated for a brief period of time (14 days after possible exposure) to see if they develop symptoms.
The decision to discontinue in-home isolation for patients with COVID-19 should be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with your healthcare provider. Follow-up with your healthcare provider to discuss discontinuation of in-home-isolation. See the CDC website for more information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
Real Time RT-PCR, DNA
The test can sometimes show a negative result even if you are infected SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes
COVID-19. This can happen if:
It is too early in infection for the test to detect the virus. There was a problem with your sample or the test itself. A false negative result on this test may be more likely to occur if your sample was not shipped back to our lab the same day it was collected. If your results are negative and you’re having symptoms, continue to follow isolation precautions and ask your healthcare provider if you need further testing. If your results are negative and you don’t have any symptoms, continue to monitor for any symptoms up to 14 days after your last possible exposure.
This test can sometimes show a positive result even if you are not infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This test has been designed to minimize false positive results but they can still happen due to problems with the sample that can occur during collection, transport, and/or testing.
|COVID-19 Real Time TR-qPCR(swab)||IgM Antibody (blood)||IgG Antibody (blood)||Clinical Significance|
|Not Detected||Not Detected||Not Detected||Patient was most likely not exposed to SAR-CoV-2|
|Detected||Not Detected||Not Detected||Patient may be in window period of infection|
|Detected||Detected||Not Detected||Patient may be in early stage of infection|
|Detected||Not Detected||Detected||Patient may be in later or recurrent stage of infection|
|Detected||Detected||Detected||Patient is in active stage of infection|
|Not Detected||Detected||Detected||Patient may be in the reovery stage of infection|
|Not Detected||Detected||Not Detected||Patient may be in early stage of infection|
|Not Detected||Not Detected||Detected||Patient may have had past infection, recovered and possibly immune|
No, the person ordering the test must also be the person completing the testing
Go to accessmedlab.com/registerkit
At the point of purchase, you will be prompted to complete a short survey to determine your eligibility for testing. If you are eligible for testing, you can add the test to your cart and complete the checkout process. All Self-Collection Kit tests require a physician order; for your convenience, an Access Network Physician will provide physician services.
We'll send you an email when your kit has shipped and when it has been delivered.
We'll send you everything you need to collect your nasal swab sample.
If you are not able to collect an adequate sample or you do not ship your sample within 24 hours of collection, our lab may not be able to perform your test. If this happens, we'll contact you to discuss next steps.
Within 24hrs upon receiving
If your COVID-19 test is positive, one of our Access Network Physician's will contact you directly by phone.
Access will report COVID-19 test results to appropriate public health agencies in accordance with applicable requirements.