Types of COVID-19 Testing

Mar 23, 2022

We Provide Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Services

The first step you can take to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic is to receive a test if you suspect an infection or know you have been exposed. CommunityLab makes this easy for residents of Western North Carolina. We offer curbside testing services that can detect active COVID-19 infections in people of all ages. Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all our neighbors throughout the community, and we believe awareness and education go a long way toward accomplishing this goal. We hold COLA and CLIA accreditations. Call us today to learn more about how we can serve you.

Our Team Tests for Current COVID-19 Infections

Despite many individuals receiving vaccinations and the number of COVID-19 cases in decline, infectious disease experts say herd immunity is now unlikely in the U.S. For that reason, we still must be diligent about protecting ourselves and others from the potentially deadly disease. Therefore, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, known exposure, or if you participate in activities that put you at an elevated risk for contracting COVID-19, such as traveling or attending large gatherings, testing is recommended.

CommunityLab, near Asheville, NC offers flexible, same-day appointments for non-invasive COVID-19 testing using saliva. Schedule a test for COVID-19 if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Nausea
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath

Understanding the Different Types of Current Infection Tests

We offer the gold standard in diagnostic tests for COVID-19 using two different specimen types. When you register, you will have the choice of a non-invasive saliva collection (no swab required) or the traditional nasal swab to reveal whether you have an active COVID-19 infection. The main types of diagnostic COVID-19 tests are:

  • Molecular­ – Most molecular tests rely on a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify an infection. We will collect a sample of your RNA by saliva or nasal swab to complete this test. It is the most sensitive type of diagnostic test and therefore, the gold standard in COVID-19 testing.
  • Antigen – These tests are typically known as rapid tests as they provide results in a short period of time. However, due to low sensitivity and short lifespan of detection, they are only considered presumptive and should be followed up with a PCR test for confirmation.

CommunityLab offers the following types of diagnostic tests:

  • Viral PCR for Active Infection (Nasopharyngeal)
    • Gold standard test
    • Most sensitive
  • Viral PCR using SalivaDirect™ Method (Saliva)
    • Non-invasive (more comfortable) saliva collections
    • Faster than traditional PCR
    • Highly sensitive
    • Uses cutting-edge method developed by the Yale School of Public Health

What to Do Following a Positive Test

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test from CommunityLab, you should consult your physician immediately. Additionally, you should isolate yourself to avoid spreading the infection to those around you. Your doctor will provide guidance regarding how you should proceed and care for yourself. If you have severe breathing problems, seek emergency care. Remain in isolation for at least ten days. A negative test result may be recommended before returning to your normal routine.

Tests to Determine Past Infections

CommunityLab also offers antibody tests for individuals who suspect they may have had a past infection. Our laboratory specialists will review a blood sample to identify any markers of antibodies in your immune system. Antibody levels may vary from patient to patient, but it is good to know whether you have been exposed to COVID-19 previously.

CommunityLab provides clinicians with the ability to offer patients:

  • IgM/IgG Antibody for Prior Infection (Serum/Plasma)
    • Rapid
    • Semi-quantitative
    • Follow-up or add-on to any COVID-19 test

Contact CommunityLab Today

Knowledge is power, especially when dealing with a global pandemic that has affected millions of people. It is everyone’s responsibility to help slow the spread so that we can all return to life as we knew it. CommunityLab offers diagnostic and antibody COVID-19 testing for individuals in Western North Carolina. If you suspect you have the disease or have overcome a previous infection, register today to schedule your test.