What kind of test am I getting? How sensitive is the test?
We currently use the Fulgent COVID-19 by RT-PCR nasal tests. This test is run through 40 cycles of PCR in order to detect the virus as early as possible. The test is highly sensitive in an analytic sense; if viral RNA is present in the sample, it is very likely to be detected. The only cases in which the virus may be present but go undetected are either because of sampling error or the biology of the disease (e.g. virus present in lower but not upper respiratory tract). For more information, you can find the FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the specific tests that we use.
How is the test different from other testing methods?
Who is administering the test?
What does the COVIDCheck Colorado testing experience encompass?
COVIDCheck Colorado offers participants a comprehensive testing experience that begins with registering for a test on our partner website. Simply follow the link your organization has sent out, complete the prompts to register an account, and select an appointment time that works with your schedule. On the day of your appointment a member of the CCC team will greet you upon arrival, ensure that you are checked in, and provide directions for which testing lane you should proceed to. When you arrive at the testing area a trained CCC medical team member will explain the sample collection process, complete the nasal swab required from both nostrils, and let you know that test results will be available within 72 hours. Depending on the contact information you provided during registration, you will receive a text message and/or email alert from PrimaryBio when your results are available. Should you notice that your results are delayed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
Quarantine is for people who are not sick, but may have had exposure to someone with COVID-19. Individuals who are quarantined must stay at home so they don’t unknowingly spread the disease. Even if they are feeling well, quarantine lasts for 14 days after the last contact with a person who has COVID-19. During this time, they should watch for COVID-19 symptoms.
Isolation is for people who are already sick. This may be in the form of either a suspected (symptomatic) or confirmed case of Covid-19. Individuals in isolation must stay at home for at least 10 days, and at least 24 hours after fever has improved without the use of fever-reducing medication.