ABOUT THE ANSWER

What kind of Covid test is The Answer? The Answer is a Molecular PCR test.

What is not tested? The Answer does not test for Antibodies.

Do I have to fast before collecting my saliva sample? No, you do not have to fast before collecting your sample, however it is recommended that you rinse your mouth with water before collecting your sample.

If I need to take the test and won’t be shipping it back immediately, does the saliva sample need refrigeration? No, the saliva sample does not need refrigeration. 

How long does it take to get test results? Results will be received within 24 hours from the time your sample reaches the lab. Results are emailed straight to your inbox. 

How often do you recommend I take this test? The amount of testing varies for everyone. It is recommended you get tested for Covid-19 if you have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms. Other times to test are before/after travel or social gatherings (holidays, weddings, events, or special occasions).

ABOUT COVID-19

Who should get a COVID-19 PCR test? If you are experiencing symptoms, if you believe you’ve been exposed, or if you need a test prior to travel.

Who should NOT get a COVID-19 PCR test? We can’t think of anyone who should not be tested for COVID-19.

Am I at risk of getting COVID-19? According to the CDC, at higher risk individuals include: Older adults & people of all ages with the following underlying medical conditions: Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, Obesity and severe obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease, Smoking, Type 2 diabetes. Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. 

How does COVID-19 spread? COVID-19 spreads through small respiratory particles. These particles can be inhaled through the nose, mouth, into airways and lungs, and cause infection. A person may get COVID-19 by touching the surface or object that has these particles on it followed by touching his or her own mouth, nose, or eyes.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Most patients with COVID-19 reportedly have mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, 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, and diarrhea. 

What do I do if I have symptoms? If you are ill, stay home and away from others. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Be sure to keep track of your symptoms and when they first appeared. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately. 

If I am exposed or suspect I may have COVID-19, how long should I quarantine for? The CDC states that individuals may resume normal activity after 7 days if they tested negative starting on day 5 of quarantine or after 10 days if they remain asymptomatic & testing is not available. When testing is not available, individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 & remain asymptomatic must be quarantined for 10 days from the time of their most recent exposure. This includes, but is not limited to, at home quarantine, in a hotel or dormitory room, or in a group quarantine facility. 

If I have recovered from COVID-19, do I need to wear a mask and practice social distancing? Yes. Individuals who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection should continue to follow social distancing and mask protocols. We do not yet understand how long previously infected individuals maintain COVID-19 antibodies. 

How is COVID-19 treated? People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one drug, remdesivir (Veklury), to treat COVID-19 in certain situations. 
When should I seek medical care? If your symptoms worsen or become severe, you should seek medical care. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face. 
What is considered close contact? Close contact is defined as: 1. Being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case. 2. Having direct contact with infectious fluids of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).

How do I stay healthy and keep everyone around me safe? The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to the virus, which include: Get good amounts of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of water, and eat nutrient-dense food, and manage stress levels and social distance. Wear a mask around others. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

When you are sick, keep your distance from others and stay quarantined from others. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands with soap and water. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Where do I get more information? Learn more about COVID-19 by going onto the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/ to find more information about the virus and how you can stay safe. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website.