TYPES OF COVID-19 TESTING
Let's take a look at the three COVID-19 tests we offer:
The COVID-19 rapid antigen test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus. This test requires a nasal swab. For the antigen test, GS Labs is using the CareStart and BD Veritor Plus Analyzer for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2. Results may come back in as soon as 20 minutes.
This test detects two different types of antibodies (IgM and IgG) that may develop in most patients after exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The IgM/IgG test identifies whether a person has developed antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 and can do so as soon as 48 hours after exposure. For the IgM/IgG test, GS Labs is using the Azure Biotech Inc. Assure IgM/IgG Rapid Test Device. At this time, it’s unknown how much protection antibodies might provide against reinfection.
When supplies are available, we offer COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. This test detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. GS Labs is using two systems that check a full respiratory pathogen panel looking for multiple viruses and bacteria. The BioFire system has a 22-pathogen panel and the Genmark ePlex system has a 20-pathogen panel. The PCR technology is the most accurate method of testing for COVID-19.
One of the best ways for our community to fight against COVID-19 is to know. Regular testing it the way towards reducing exposure and risk. Know today, test today. With GS Labs.