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About COVID-19 PCR Tests

What is a COVID-19 PCR test?

A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is a complex chemical experiment that is sped up by the latest modern technology. It involves 3 basic steps:

  1. Lysis
    Tiny chemical machines called enzymes cut the sample cells apart.

  2. Attachment
    More enzymes are used to attach markers to specific locations on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RNA and Ribosomal (regular human) RNA.

  3. Amplification
    A special machine amplifies the marker and uses specialized light sensors to detect the amount of this marker in each sample.

What can I learn from a COVID-19 PCR test?
We use your saliva sample to determine whether or not the COVID-19 virus is present. This test determines if you are currently infected with the virus. It is not designed to detect antibodies or immunity. Our lab technicians will provide next day results.

How reliable is a COVID-19 PCR test?
Saliva-based PCR testing provides the most accurate results possible in the world.

Should I get tested?
You should get tested if you:

  • think you may have COVID-19

  • have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19

  • need results by the next day

  • have traveled and want to know you are clear to go back to work or school

Should I get my staff tested?
If your staff works together in the same environment, then you should consider monitoring your workplace for COVID-19 occurrences. The CDC recommends surveillance testing to monitor a particular community for an infection disease outbreak. Contact us to learn more about our corporate testing program, which offers fast and affordable results.

What should I do if my test is positive for COVID-19?


What are the CDC guidelines for at-home testing?
Helpful tips include:​​

  • Don’t open test devices or other test components until the testing process is about to occur.

  • Read and record test results only within the amount of time specified in the manufacturer’s instructions. A result read before or after the specified timeframe may not be correct.

  • Don’t reuse test devices or other components.

Learn more.

Who is eligible to take this COVID-19 PCR test?
Anybody who is able to provide a saliva sample may take this test.

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