Rapid COVID Test
A new mandate from the New York State Department of Health requires screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to colonoscopy/endoscopy or other elective medical procedures. In order to provide the safest environment for all of our patients, Medical Offices of Manhattan is expanding COVID-19 testing capability to offer rapid antigen testing for the novel coronavirus. In a time when testing laboratories are dealing with a backlog of COVID tests causing patients to wait days for delayed results, these FDA-approved throat and nasal swabs will return a positive or negative test result in only 15 minutes.
What Can You Expect From A Rapid COVID Test?
The rapid COVID test is administered at the point of care by throat or nasal swab by a medical assistant or primary care provider. The rapid antigen test can return results showing whether the patient is infected with acute COVID-19 in just 15 minutes, as opposed to the 3-5 day estimated wait for most nasal swab tests.
What Test or Protocol Do You Use for the Rapid COVID-19 Test?
The Medical Offices of Manhattan uses the Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) for the rapid COVID-19 test. This is a state-of-the-art technology to detect nucleocapsid proteins indicating the presence of SARS-CoV-2. This quick, simple, and easy-to-use test provides objective results for the utmost possible accuracy.
What Can I Learn From A COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test?
The rapid COVID test reveals only whether the COVID-19 virus is currently present. It does not test whether or not the patient has previously been infected by COVID-19, or whether any other viruses are currently present. The test does not react to the presence of any other seasonal coronaviruses.
Do You Offer Other COVID-Related Testing?
Besides the rapid covid test MOM also currently offers nasal swab testing for COVID-19, as well as antibody testing to determine whether you have been infected with the coronavirus in the past. We have instituted all procedural changes recommended by the CDC to ensure that all of our patients’ safety is protected in every way possible when they come into our offices for appointments while the pandemic is ongoing. Visit our website to learn more about the COVID-related safety measures we have put in place.