COVID TESTING FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. How does the anterior nasal swab work?
• Nasal sampling is less invasive and results in less patient discomfort than sampling from other upper respiratory anatomical sites.
• A self-administered nasal swab is similar to a nasopharyngeal swab in detecting coronavirus.
• Collection of nasal swab specimens is less technically complex, so can reduce the risk of the spread of infection to healthcare providers, by (1) reducing the duration of the procedure, and (2) allowing the patient to perform self-collection while under supervision.
• It also lessens PPE utilization, given that the patient can perform self-collection under supervision (versus the health care provider performing the collection).
• The procedure for nasal (anterior nasal) sampling is as follows: Using a flocked or spun polyester swab, insert the swab at least 1 cm (0.5 inch) inside the nostril (naris) and firmly sample the nasal membrane by rotating the swab and leaving in place for 10 to 15 seconds. Sample both nostrils with same swab.
2. How fast should I expect results?
• With the Rapid test results will be in at approximately 15 minutes unless the sample needs to be retested which is rare. For laboratory testing results are usually in within 48-72 hours. Once a sample has taken place it is packaged for shipping. Samples are overnighted to the laboratory and usually processed in 24-48 hours once through the laboratory doors. We are confident the majority of samples will process in this timeline, however we cannot guarantee this timeline due to potential unforeseen delays in shipping or potential for laboratory overload.
3. Why don’t you offer the nasopharyngeal specimen collection method?
• The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized, as an alternative to nasopharyngeal specimen collection, anterior nares specimen by onsite self-collection or by a healthcare professional (using a round foam swab) for the novel coronavirus. This testing method is less invasive and is safer for both individuals and healthcare professionals.
4. Are the nasal self-swabs as accurate as the nasopharyngeal specimen collection method?
• Yes, the nasal self-swabs are as accurate as the nasopharyngeal specimen collection method.
5. Is the nasal self-swab method as safe as the existing nasopharyngeal specimen collection method?
• The nasal self-swab method is an acceptable alternative to the nasopharyngeal specimen collection method. First, the test is less invasive for individuals. Second, the testing method allows individuals and healthcare professionals to maintain a 6-foot distance, significantly reducing exposures and decreasing the amount of personal protective equipment required.
6. Will I be seen by an Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician’s Assistant?
• This is strictly a specimen collection. You will not be medically evaluated when you come to be tested. If you believe you are in need of medical attention call 911, go to an emergency room, or call your doctor. When signing up for your test you will be asked questions about any symptoms you may be having amongst other questions. These are in place strictly for reporting purposes, not for an evaluation.
7. Will you bill my private insurance?
• We currently do not bill insurance directly for COVID testing, however you could be able to submit the receipt and results to your insurance. It is between you and your insurance company whether your test fees will be covered or not. For some of the information you will need when submitting to insurance, CLICK HERE.
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