COVID-19 Disease, a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person, is caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2). The virus, SARS CoV-2, is a new coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China, but has now spread throughout the world. RDx is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing and a multiplex laboratory test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19.
SARS CoV-2 test performed at STONE Clinical Laboratories is an FDA approved PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. The assay is a real-time (RT-PCR) in vitro diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of RNA from SARS-CoV-2. The virus is isolated and purified from oropharyngeal (OP) and deep nasal swab specimens obtained from individuals who meet COVID-19 clinical and/or epidemiological criteria. The process is a qualitative test for the detection of the coronavirus of the SARS-CoV-2 RNA during the acute phase of infection.
Accuracy with PCR testing:
COVID-10 Viral Testing
Coronavirus testing looks for signs of infection in nasal secretions, or other body fluids using real-time RT-PCR. Viral testing identified the virus in samples from the respiratory system, such as a swab in your nose, which is utilized to see if you are currently infected with the novel coronavirus.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
The COVID-19 Antibody Test detects both IgG and IgM antibodies. With antibody testing previous infections can also be identified.
COVID-19 antibody tests are utilized to look for antibodies, which might tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibody tests identify the immune response to the virus in blood samples, collected through methods such as venipuncture or fingerstick collection. It is important to note that antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current COVID-19 infection. An antibody test might not show if you have a current COVID-19 infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies.