Are these tests FDA approved?
Because Health is currently offering tests produced by Siemens and Cepheid. These tests are being performed by Access Medical Labs. The FDA has allowed for use of these tests with an official Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Official FDA language follows for Siemens' Atellica total antibody test. Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals. Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status. Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.
Why should my business be testing employees?
Testing is extremely important and will be required in many cities and states as our country considers reopening the economy. When you provide testing, you help set the standard for safe workplace environments. Your employees and your customers will thank you while feeling confident about the health and safety practices implemented by your business.
Can my employees and I get tested at home or in the workplace?
Yes. It is ideal to be tested at your home or workplace, since this form of testing reduces the risks of exposure and alleviates the burden on medical centers. If you are an individual who wants to be tested, a mobile phlebotomist will contact you to arrange the blood draw at your home or place of business.
Why should I get the PCR nasal swab testing and the antibody testing?
The RT-PCR Nasal Swab is to determine if you are a carrier of the virus who can potentially spread COVID-19 to others. The results help determine how strictly you should avoid social interaction. The IgG & IgM antibody testing means you have been exposed and have developed antibody resistance, which may prevent another round of infection.
Are all COVID-19 antibody tests reliable?
No. A lot of the rapid tests that could be done with a finger prick or drop of blood are unreliable, and the FDA has made it clear they are not approved under the emergency use authorization (EUA) needed to be independently evaluated by a certified clinical laboratory. Don’t be tempted by cheap tests. They are known to have problems with accuracy, providing high false-positive and false-negative rates.