With two types of COVID-19 tests, you need the right information to determine which test may be right for you. At Mountainside Medical Group, we are here to help.
Active Infection Swab Test
This type of test helps to diagnose whether you currently have an active COVID-19 infection. A diagnosis can guide you and your doctor or healthcare provider to make an informed decision about self-quarantining to protect your family and friends.
Active infection testing may be right for you if you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to the virus in the last 14 days. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
A healthcare provider will observe you self-collect through a nasal swab. The specimen is then sent to Quest laboratories for processing.
Immune Response Blood test
This type of test detects antibodies that show if you have already been exposed to and produced an immune response to COVID-19—even if you never experienced symptoms. Previous exposure means you may now have some level of immunity to the virus. Understanding your immune response gives you and your doctor or healthcare provider the information to assist in making an informed decision about returning to work or activity.
Who can get tested: Immune response testing is available only to patients who are not currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have not experienced symptoms within 10 days. Common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Learn the pros and cons of antibody testing here.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19 previously, schedule a telehealth visit with a Mountainside Medical Group provider on Mountainside Medical Center MyChart or by calling a Mountainside Medical Group primary care location.
You will be evaluated and if appropriate provided a prescription for an antibody test at the Mountainside Diagnostics COVID-19 testing office. Call the office to schedule your test appointment. You must have a prescription from a Mountainside Medical Group provider to make an appointment.
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