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We are following NY state guidelines related to recent travel.- https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine as of April 10, 2021.

REMINDER: If you are high risk or symptomatic, you will be subject to a virtual appointment and we encourage you to book an appointment for COVID Testing to rule out COVID-19 (need to return to work or school, want to visit relatives but want to rule out to have COVID as an asymptomatic carrier, need for travel).

*If you have been fully vaccinated (2+ weeks from 2nd dose, or the single Johnson & Johnson dose then the travel guidelines do not apply and you can be seen in the office at any point.

Note: Medical Offices of Manhattan do not test or treat anyone under 18 years of age; This includes all COVID Tests. We also do not perform any Rapid RT-PCR COVID Testing.

Please note – we have been provided feedback that for certain travel a PCR test result is required within 72 hours. The PCR swab that we send to the lab comes back in 1-3 business days. Please check any travel requirements prior to scheduling to avoid any confusion.

 

2/23- As the New York metro area starts to open up safely, and people begin to plan to attend various live events like sports and concerts, in most cases a PCR covid test is required within 72 hours.

List of Coronavirus Symptoms

The latest CDC published that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC claims it will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. The CDC also advises on seeking medical attention when emergency warning signs occur for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

**This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.**

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

COVID PCR Swab Test

Quick Facts:

  • Purpose: Present infection
  • Method: Swab
  • Result in: 2-3 days
  • Test: Hologic, Roche
  • Cost: Covered by most insurances; self-pay $100
  • FDA Emergency Use Authorization

The COVID Molecular PCR Test detects the genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This test can also be called a PCR test. A health care worker will collect fluid from a nasal swab. You will be able to see results in three to five days if sent to an outside lab. The FDA approved certain COVID-19 at-home test kits, available only with doctor approval. The sample is then mailed to a lab for testing. We highly recommend consumers against buying unapproved home tests. This may be inaccurate and unsafe.

You should get COVID Molecular PCR Test if you:

  • Think you may have COVID-19, but there is no rush to get results.
  • No need for immediate results. Willing to wait 2-3 days.
  • Would potentially like insurance to cover the test.

COVID-19 Antibody Test

Quick Facts:

  • Purpose: Past exposure
  • Method: Blood Draw
  • Result in: 3-5 days
  • Test: Beckman Coulter, Roche
  • Cost: Covered by most insurances; self-pay $50
  • FDA Emergency Use Authorization

The COVID-19 Antibody Test is a blood test that provides qualitative and qualitative detection of IgG antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 in individuals suspected of having COVID-19. After infection, the virus antigen stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that can be detected in the blood. 

Combined with the PCR Swab Test (see below), the COVID-19 Antibody Blood Test offers a valuable diagnostic tool in identifying infected patients. According to recent studies, the COVID-19 antibodies are not detectable before 3 days after onset of symptoms or at least 7 to 10 days after infection.

However, antibody tests can detect past infection because virus-specific antibodies can persist in the blood for several weeks/months after the onset of symptoms. Since the exact time of infection is often unknown, combining nasal swab and blood test can improve the accuracy of the COVID-19 diagnosis.

You should get a COVID-19 Antibody Test if you:

  • Think you may have had COVID-19.
  • Wish to see if you could be a blood plasma donor.
  • No need for immediate results. Willing to wait 3-5 days.
  • Would potentially like insurance to cover the test.

COVID Testing Summary

Remember, if you have traveled to a designated Covid-19 “hot spot” state in the last 14 days and need COVID testing, we may have to schedule a virtual appointment and allow our providers to advise you on next steps of care before presenting to the office.

A reminder if you are high risk or symptomatic you will be subject to a virtual appointment and we encourage you book an appointment for COVID Testing to rule out COVID-19 (need to return to work or school, want to visit relatives but want to rule out to have COVID as an asymptomatic carrier, need for travel).

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