We understand your number one priority is taking care of your staff. That’s why we bring our team to yours through our onsite COVID-19 testing program. Our medical professionals are efficient and their sole focus is to return your resources to work as safely as possible.
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When might I expect a false negative result?
If you are tested before your body builds up the necessary antibodies to fight COVID-19 and you are tested only with the rapid antibody test, it is likely you will test negative. For this reason we feel it is absolutely imperative to provide combination testing, utilizing molecular PCR testing (nasal swab) for early infection, symptomatic, and high risk patients along with rapid antibody testing where it makes sense.
When might I expect a false positive result?
There are seven known corona viruses to effect human beings, one of which is COVID-19. Two others were SARS and MERS which were not highly prevalent in the US. The other four corona viruses are: 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1. Although there is seemingly no reliable prevalence data on these four, these strains are likely more common and could be reason for a false positive. Link to study
Why is education around testing types important?
Emphasizing proper combination testing protocols along with appropriate patient education is a must at this time. StarMed utilizes both antibody and PCR tests when false negatives are more likely to occur. Better testing will be available to healthcare providers by the fall of 2020. Please take the time to educate yourself on all available test types. If you have any questions we will always be a resource for you and your family.
If we suspect you have a false negative or are considered high risk we will send off your specimen to our lab.