“Coronavirus Disease 2019” (referred to widely as Covid-19, or coronavirus) is the respiratory disease caused by the “SARS-CoV2” virus. It was recently identified in Wuhan, China, and has spread globally. There has been an increasing number of cases reported in the United Kingdom, and it has become a global public health emergency. As of March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified COVID-19 as a pandemic.
Coronavirus Test Home Collection Kit | Frequently Asked Questions
Most people have mild symptoms. Severe cases are more likely to occur in older adults (above 60 years of age), as well as pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems, and those with underlying health issues (such as lung disease, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, cancer, transplant, and AIDS). However, serious disease can also occur in younger adults.
Covid-19 is very contagious. The risk of getting COVID-19 depends on many factors, including where you live, recent travel history, and close contact with people who have symptoms. It is important to comply with any local travel restrictions and to protect yourself from exposure if you are in a city or area where the disease is spreading.
SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed to the virus.
The most common symptoms include: Fever, New or worsening cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include: Tiredness, Body or muscle aches, Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, Sore throat, Runny nose, Flu-like symptoms. Cases of Covid-19 range from mild to severe. Most people have reported mild symptoms and in some cases don’t have any symptoms. More severe and fatal cases have been seen in older adults and those with weakened immune systems or underlying health issues (such as lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, cancer, transplant, and AIDS). Recent data suggests that young adults may also be severely impacted. However, serious disease can also occur in younger adults.
Treatment currently focuses on managing symptoms, and protecting your family and community through self-isolate. Not all patients with Covid-19 will require medical attention, and most people recover within 2 weeks without any specific treatment. For severe cases, hospitalization may be required. Your healthcare provider can help you determine whether monitoring your condition from home or a hospital is most appropriate for you. This decision will be made on a case-by-case basis and will likely be based on several factors including your medical history and current symptoms. If you and your healthcare provider determine that you will monitor your condition from home, ask if they recommend over-the-counter medications, and be sure to rest, hydrate, and eat a balanced diet as best you can. At this time, there is no vaccine or antiviral drugs approved by the FDA to prevent or treat patients with Covid-19.
We recommend the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PCR Swab Test if you:
1) Currently have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
2) Currently have respiratory symptoms and live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
3) Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
4) Close contact includes being within 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with the fluids of someone with COVID-19 (such as being coughed on).
5) Think you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Knowing whether you have Covid-19 can help you prevent spread of the virus by taking important measures like self-quarantine. As many public health organizations have pointed out, Covid-19 shares many symptoms with the flu, the common cold, even allergies, so it's important to know.
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PCR Swab Test is an rt-PCR-focused test that looks for the presence or absence of unique genomic markers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in nasopharyngeal swab.
When patients tests positive, we will advise them to self-isolate at home until they are symptom-free and have had two negative tests separated by at least 24 hours. We’ll recommend that other members of their households and their close contacts get tested, and do our best to ensure patients who need to seek immediate medical attention do so in a safe way. Patients will be able to message us with any follow-up questions to get expert, personalized advice.
How do the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PCR Swab Test compare to the Covid-19 tests available at hospital and doctor's office already?
The Covid-19 Test is an rt-PCR-focused test that uses nasopharyngeal swab. This is the same methodology as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and being used in hospitals for the majority of COVID-19 diagnostic testing today.
After ordering the test kit, we will ship the home testing kit along with detailed instructions and a pre-paid mailer to return the sample. Within 24 hours (for COVID-19 PCR Swab Test) or 48 hours (for COVID-19 Antibody Test) of the lab receiving the sample, you will receive your results.
As long as you collect your sample and mail it back, you are going to receive your results in 2-4 days.
After you purchase the Covid-19 Test Kit:
1) It will be shipped overnight to you.
2) Collect your sample and mail your kit back to us. The return shipping is also overnight.
3) You can expect to receive your lab results within 24 hours (for COVID-19 PCR Swab Test) or 48 hours (for COVID-19 Antibody Test).
These times refer to orders from countries in the UK and in the EU. Times may be delayed for countries outside of the EU. However, we will do our best to respect those times for everyone.
Taking the sample is straightforward and painless through the swab kit or the finger prick blood collection device we are going to send you.