Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test

The Rapid COVID Antigen Test is a nasal swab test to test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen. The protocol used is the Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA). This is a state-of-the-art technology to detect nucleocapsid proteins indicating the presence of SARS-CoV-2. This produces accurate results with a quick, simple, and easy-to-use rapid covid test.

Quick Facts:
  • Purpose: Present infection
  • Method: Nasal swab
  • Result in: Same day delivered to you electronically in your LabFinder portal
  • Test: Quidel Sofia 2
  • Cost: Self-pay fee for $95
  • FDA Emergency Use Authorization
*An invoice will be supplied to those who wish to submit the claim to their health insurance for reimbursement to the extent available from the carrier

Other COVID-19 Test you can schedule through LabFinder: Regular and Rapid COVID PCR tests, as well as Antigen test can determine if someone is currently infected with COVID-19. The COVID Antibody Test is used to determine if someone has had COVID-19 in the past. All tests are important and have their specific uses. Please note, all labs have instituted all procedural changes recommended by the CDC to ensure that all of our patients’ safety is protected in every way possible when they come to the office or test facility for appointments while the pandemic is ongoing.

List of Coronavirus Symptoms
The latest CDC published that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC claims it will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. The CDC also advises on seeking medical attention when emergency warning signs occur for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test

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When to test

A new mandate from the New York State Department of Health requires screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to elective surgical and medical procedures. In order to provide the safest environment for all patients, LabFinder is expanding COVID-19 testing capability to offer Rapid COVID Test for the novel coronavirus. In a time when some laboratories are dealing with a backlog of COVID tests causing patients to wait days for delayed results, these FDA-approved nasal swabs will return a positive or negative test result in only 15 minutes.

Can someone infected get the Rapid COVID Test?

If someone thinks they are infected, they should stay home to limit the spread of the infection to others. The CDC currently recommends that you should stay home until you have not had a fever for 72 hours or more (that is no fever for three full days without the use of fever reducing medicine), when your symptoms have gotten better (for example, when a cough or shortness of breath has improved) and at least 7 days have passed since your first symptoms showed up.

What protocol is used for the Rapid Antigen Test?

All labs use the Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) for the Rapid Antigen Test. This is a state-of-the-art technology to detect nucleocapsid proteins indicating the presence of SARS-CoV-2. This produces accurate results with a quick, simple, and easy-to-use rapid covid test. The Sofia SARS Antigen FIA has been designed to reduce the chance of false positive test results. However, if you test positive, we recommend isolating yourself, monitoring household and other close contacts for symptoms, limiting contact with family or friends, limiting contact with other potentially infected COVID-19 patients, and limiting the ability to go to work. Also, if you think you may have a false positive, schedule another Rapid COVID Test to confirm the positive test result.

What does the COVID Rapid Antigen Test result mean?

COVID-19 Antigen rapid testing reveals only whether the COVID-19 virus is currently present. It does not test whether or not the patient has previously been infected by COVID-19, or whether any other viruses are currently present. The test does not react to the presence of any other seasonal coronaviruses.

Do you offer other COVID related testings?

Besides the Rapid Antigen test, you may also book for a Regular PCR test, Rapid PCR, or Rapid Antibody (see above).

How much does the Rapid Antigen Test Cost?

The FDA-approved Rapid Antigen is self-pay fee for $95. An invoice will be supplied to those who wish to submit the claim to their health insurance for reimbursement.

Procedure

Rapid Antigen Test is administered at the point of care by nasal swab by a licensed medical provider. The swab is entered into an on-site machine where it takes a short amount of time for results. Part of the quick results is the swab is not sent off-site. With results in just 15 minutes, the Rapid Antigen Test can determine whether the patient is infected with acute COVID-19, as opposed to most nasal swab tests which take an estimated 3-5 days.

Booking a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test is easy using LabFinder. Just choose your location and enter your insurance information to find the closest Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test near you.
To make a same day appointment for a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test, just choose your location and your insurance information to find the closest Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test location near you. If there’s availability for a same-day appointment at a nearby lab location, then you will be able to book it easily through LabFinder.
LabFinder allows you to easily schedule a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test. You can search by location and insurance to easily book a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test near you.
LabFinder allows you to easily make an appointment for a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test online. To make an appointment for a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test online, just choose your location and your insurance information to find the closest Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test near you.
Yes, you can get a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test without insurance. LabFinder allows you to search and select “Self-Pay” when booking a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test. While pricing for the test may not be immediately available, please check by calling the lab company directly for pricing.


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* This is for educational purposes only. LabFinder does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider in person for any health concerns.