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Hygea Precision Medicine is offering a COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test for businesses, government, schools, and individuals. Our saliva-based self-collection kits have a 24-72 hour turnaround time and is highly accurate (>97% sensitivity and specificity).Our lab partners have received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA.
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COVID-19 and Symptoms
COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is caused by a strain of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. Other strains of the coronavirus have caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).People with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms. Some people may have mild symptoms, others can have severe illness, and some people may experience no symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. These are not all the symptoms a person might experience.
IndividualsEliminate the risk of exposure by getting tested in the comfort of your own home. Our self-collection kits have simple step by step instructions on how to register the kit, collect the sample, and ship the kit back to the lab. With our saliva collection tests, there is no need for invasive and uncomfortable nasal swabs. Finding out if you are currently infected with COVID-19 will help you determine the steps you need to take to protect your family, friends, and members of your community.
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OrganizationsAs businesses, government, and schools look to return to normal operations, reliable and accurate testing is important to ensure workplace safety for your employees. Routine screening can help reduce the risk of spreading the virus to employees, customers, students, and visitors. With our convenient self-collection kits, you can provide testing on-site or have your staff test from their home. We can work with you to develop a testing plan that best fits your organization’s needs.
PCR based diagnostic testing for COVID-19 detects the presence of viral RNA from the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). This testing is typically performed from a nasal swab, however, there are other methods, such as saliva, that have received authorization by the FDA.
This test is usually performed in a specialized lab and typically takes several days for the results to be completed. However, despite the length of time to receive the results, this testing is generally most accurate for determining if a person is currently affected. PCR or polymerize chain reaction is a method of testing, it is also known as a nucleic acid amplification test.
Antigen testing for COVID-19 detects the presence of viral antigens for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). Antigens are substances, typically proteins, that exist on the surface of the virus that result in an immune response. This type of testing is generally fairly inexpensive and can often be performed at the point of care.
Antigen testing can be used for diagnosing a current infection; however, antigen tests are typically less accurate than PCR based diagnostic tests. In general, the accuracy of the testing is dependent on when the person is tested, typically the test has higher accuracy early in the infection cycle.
Antibody testing for COVID-19 detects the presence of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system that recognize foreign substances like bacteria and viruses.
There are different types of antibodies, some antibodies are produced early on when a person is infected and will no longer be present after the person has recovered (e.g. IgM), while other antibodies are produced later in the infection and may continue to be produced long after the person has recovered (e.g. IgG).
An antibody test for IgG can determine if a person was previously infected with COVID-19. This testing should not be used for diagnosing a current infection. Although it is possible that an antibody test can detect if a person is currently infected with COVID-19, diagnostic testing is more accurate for that purpose.
Typically, this testing would be ordered 1 to 3 weeks after infection. Research is ongoing to determine if a person with a positive IgG antibody test (previously infected with COVID-19) is immune to being re-infected and if so, for how long that immunity lasts. Some research has also found that not all people infected with COVID-19 will have IgG antibodies.
Testing is often performed in a specialized laboratory. Samples are collected either at a medical office or, in some cases, at home, and then sent to a laboratory that completes the testing, typically within a few days. These tests are typically more accurate compared to rapid tests. These tests can be PCR-based diagnostic tests, antigen tests, or antibody tests; however, antigen tests are usually rapid tests.
Rapid/Point of care testing
Rapid testing or point of care tests differ from standard COVID-19 tests because they provide a result much faster, usually in hours or minutes rather than days. They are also known as point of care tests because the testing is run in the same place the sample is collected (e.g. the doctor’s office) rather than being sent to a specialized lab. Rapid tests can be diagnostic tests, antigen tests or antibody tests; however, PCR-based diagnostic tests are typically performed in a specialized laboratory. Point of care testing is typically less accurate than standard tests performed in a specialized laboratory.
Why test for COVID-19
Treatment and prevention
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Wear a mask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough/sneeze in your elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).