What is the difference between the RT-PCR Test and the Antigen Test?

Both tests determine COVID-19 current infection status, however they have very different use cases. PCR testing is considered the “gold standard” in SARS-CoV-2 detection. This test actually detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. Antigen testing … Read more

What is the process for any tests that require “Observed Collection”?

The patient should register their kit when they are ready to take the test. (This should be within the required time-frame, if any, per their destination.) During the registration process there are questions regarding their destination, specifically if the test is for travel to (Turks & Caicos), (or Hawaii), etc. (They should select “Yes” as … Read more

How does the test work?

This RT-PCR test detects specific genes from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. After you provide a sample of your saliva, the virus’s genetic material is extracted from it and these specific genes are looked for in a laboratory.  If they are there, the test is considered positive.

Is this test authorized by the FDA?

Yes. This assay is intended for use under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization #200090 authorized on April 10, 2019. This is the only saliva test and saliva collection device that is FDA-authorized for at-home self-collection in the U.S. at this time. See the EUA here.

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