Rapid Antigen COVID Nasal Swab
- Purpose: Present infection
- Method: Nasal swab
- Result in: Same day delivered to you electronically in your LabFinder portal
- Test: Quidel Sofia 2
- Cost: Covered by most health insurances or self-pay fee for $125
- FDA Emergency Use Authorization
Other COVID-19 Test you can schedule through LabFinder:
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Rapid Antigen COVID Nasal Swab
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 Molecular test, or Rapid Antibody (see above).
How much does the Rapid Antigen Test Cost?
The FDA-approved Rapid Antigen is covered by most health insurances or self-pay fee for $125. An invoice will be supplied to those who wish to submit the claim to their health insurance for reimbursement.
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.