Dax Laboratories provides two forms of rapid-result tests that are designed to detect both antigens and antibodies produced by or in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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DETECT CURRENT INFECTION
RAPID COVID-19 SWAB TEST (ANTIGENS)
Antigens are proteins produced by a virus. COVID-19 has several known antigens, including its nucleocapsid phosphoprotein and spike glycoprotein, which are the visible protrusions on its surface. With a quick nasal swab, our technicians can test fluid for the antigens produced by COVID-19. This test is the quickest and most accurate way to identify current infections.
Results are provided in 10 minutes. If antigens are found in your test results, it indicates that you are currently infected with COVID-19.
DETECT PAST INFECTION
RAPID COVID-19 FINGER-STICK TEST (ANTIBODIES)
Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system in response to a past infection, and are specific to the virus that causes it. Through a simple finger stick, our technicians can test one drop of blood for the two antibodies produced in response to COVID-19. These include:
- IgM Antibodies, which show up 24-48 hours into an infection
- IgG Antibodies, which show up 14-20 days after an infection begins, and in some patients, can remain in the blood stream for up to 3 months.
Results are provided in 10 minutes. If one of these antibodies is found in your blood, it indicates that you either have a current infection or were exposed to COVID-19 in the recent past and have developed an immune response against the virus.
DETECT CURRENT AND PAST INFECTIONS
RAPID COVID-19 SWAB (ANTIGENS) AND FINGER-STICK (ANTIBODIES) TESTS
Patients may opt to receive both tests in order to determine whether they have a current infection or built up antibodies to a past infection.
Results are provided in 10 minutes.
Our testing site is disinfected daily by UV Safe Solutions.
COVID-19 Testing FAQs
Who should get a COVID-19 Antibody Test?
Patients who are experiencing mild symptoms, no symptoms at all, or have been in close contact with others who have tested positive or are in quarantine.
How is the COVID-19 Antibody Test administered by Dax Laboratories?
Our technicians gather one drop of blood. This drop is added to the Antibody Test device, which provides a clear qualitative answer within 10 minutes.
Are COVID-19 Antibody Tests accurate?
When administered within the appropriate timeframes, COVID-19 Antibody Tests produce a relative sensitivity of 98.81% and a relative specificity of of 98.02%. With any test, there is always a chance of inaccurate results. However, our expertise and validation results indicate our antibody tests are among the most accurate available.
If I have a positive COVID-19 Antibody test, am I protected against future infections?
The presence of antibodies indicates that your immune system has seen the COVID-19 virus and has begun to fight it. For many viruses, the presence of antibodies indicates resistance to future infections or less severe disease if an infection does occur. The length and strength of the protection can vary depending upon the disease and severity of infection. However, protection after initial infection has not yet been proven for COVID-19. Patients should not reduce their infection control efforts if they have had positive antibody testing results.
What does the IgM antibody represent?
IgM is the first antibody produced by the immune system in response to a COVID-19 infection, typically appearing within the first 24-48 hours. This antibody often disappears soon after the virus is cleared from the body. When IgM is detected you may have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and your immune system has started responding to the virus. When IgM is detected you may still be infected, or you may have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection. Positive IgM antibody test results should be discussed with your physician.
What does the IgG antibody represent?
IgG antibodies develop in most patients 14-20 days after symptoms of COVID-19 begin. In some patients, this antibody will remain in the bloodstream for up to 3 months after the infection has passed. A positive IgG test result indicates that you may have had COVID-19 in the recent past and are likely no longer have the virus, or you may be towards the end of infection.
How much does each test cost? Will insurance cover it?
The COVID-19 Antigen Test is $100. The COVID-19 Antibody Test is $60. Patients may receive both tests for $150. Payment is due at the time of testing. Dax Laboratories does not currently bill insurance for antibody or antigen testing appointments.
Who should get a COVID-19 Antigen Test?
Patients who are experiencing mild symptoms or have been in close contact with others who have tested positive or are in quarantine.
How is the COVID-19 Antigen Test administered by Dax Laboratories?
Our technicians swab your nasal cavity to gather fluid. This fluid is placed inside a test tube, which will then provide a qualitative answer within 10 minutes.
Are COVID-19 Antigen Tests accurate?
Antigen tests are currently the quickest and most accurate way to detect an active COVID-19 infection. With any test, there is always a chance of inaccurate results. However, our expertise and validation results indicate our antigen tests are among the most accurate available.
What do I do when I arrive for my appointment?
Once you arrive at the Dax Laboratories Clinic, you will park your car and enter the building at your specific appointment time. Please be sure you are wearing a face mask or face covering before entering the clinic. Once inside, you will check in with the front desk and fill out paperwork prior to being screened. Once your paperwork is completed, you will be escorted to an exam room for your private testing appointment.
How do I receive my test results? How can I ask questions or where do I go for a follow up?
Results are provided to you on-site immediately after your test has been completed. The results will include a brief statement regarding your test and include an explanation of terms used in the report. Any follow-up questions should be deferred to your physician.
What should I bring to my appointment?
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