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Tests:

There are direct tests and indirect tests.

 

  • Direct PCR tests are more accurate. Direct tests look for the virus or portions of the virus itself.

Direct tests are polymerase chain reaction tests (PCR) that react when viral RNA is present. Just like most tests, PCR tests are very accurate, but the accuracy depends on the amount and quality of the specimens that are tested and the type of RNA the test examines.

     > False positive PCR tests are extremely rare. There may be false positives if the test is too broad. The current PCR tests are generally tuned very tightly to the SARS-CoV-2 and are nearly 100% accurate.

     > False negatives (A person truly has the virus but their test is negative) may occur if there is too little test material (generally mucus from the nose or saliva from the mouth) or if the test material is too diluted. Self-testing has more false negatives because often an individual does not put the swab in deep enough, or leave it in for enough material to be picked up on the swab. Since false negative corona virus tests may occur, people with continuing symptoms are asked to follow with their health care provider.

  •  Indirect tests look for antigens (proteins produced by the virus) and/or antibodies (immune components made by the human immune system).

These tests have a lower accuracy rate because there may be cross-reacting (similar) antigens or antibodies from colds or other corona viruses.

These are blood tests, usually have a faster reporting time and have a higher number of false positives and false negatives or erroneous tests. While the FDA has authorized some of these tests to be marketed, none are actually approved. 

 

PCR Tests:

 COVID-19 PCR viral testing at no charge to individuals (please bring insurance information if available):

Drive up or walk up testing available at Family Health Care and at most local health departments- please call ahead:

Testing for the Corona virus is available.
 
Family Health Care (FHC) -
Due to overwhelming response, FHC restricts our testing to individuals who live and/or work in Wyandotte County, Kansas. (If you are not from Wyandotte- Please see referral numbers below.) FHC has test-kits and is testing people who have a history consistent with infection. Please do not come to the clinic for testing unless you have a prescription number from the COVID-19 phone line. You may be assigned a number by calling the information phone line- 913-396-7070 from 9-noon Mon-Sat,  Testing is between 8:30-12:30 week days for drive-through testing at the corner of Southwest Boulevard and Rainbow.

 *The tests are done on a swab which is placed deep into the nose. Usually results are provided within 48 hours.

 

Antibody Tests - fees are applicable:
 
 

 COVID-19 antibody testing will be provided for a charge to appropriate individuals. These will be done in conjunction with a nasal swab PCR test for current viral RNA activity.

Family Health Care has antibody testing for people who have a history consistent with infection. Antibody tests have an associated charge. Please do not come to the clinic for testing unless you have a prescription number from the COVID-19 phone line. You may be assigned a number by calling the information phone line- 913-396-7070 from 9-noon Mon-Sat,  Testing is between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM week days for drive-through testing at the Sharon Lee Family Health Care at the corner of Southwest Boulevard and Rainbow.

 

Drive up or walk up testing available at Family Health Care- must have prescription:

 The tests are done on a blood test drawn from the arm.


What about Tests?

Two types of tests: 

 

 

1. There is a viral test to see if you have the infection right now. This is a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) RNA test that looks for bits of the virus. In order to get an appropriate sample with a swab that may be placed in the nose, the throat or possibly just in the mouth. This testing takes several hours after the swab makes it to the special lab that has the equipment to run the sample. These are the tests that were significantly backed up at some of the large labs. It took several days to get the reports, but is now down to about 48 hours. The test is to help determine treatment for individuals.

          A positive tests tells us a person is infected and should be watched carefully for the possible development of deadly symptoms. While most (over 80%) of us do well and have symptoms mostly like a cold, some may become extremely ill, with high fever, or shortness of breath or other symptoms that should lead them to the hospital.

          On the other hand a negative test doesn't mean anything because it tells us only that a person was negative at the moment in time the test was performed and says nothing about what may happen twenty minutes later when they may be exposed at the grocery. It is not helpful for any decision-making purpose. If people are confused about the test and think a negative test is predictive in some way they are mistaken. No medical or workplace decision should ever be based on a report of a negative test. 

 

 

 

2. The other test type is an antibody test. Usually drawing from a blood or a fingerstick sample. Blood carries antibodies that are used by our bodies to fight infection. The questions that remain about antibodies are:

A- It is not certain the virus is actually affected by antibodies. Some infections may cause antibodies to develop, but the antibodies are not enough to fight the infection. HIV is an example- antibodies develop against the virus but are not effective, so people with antibodies continue to have active HIV virus.

B- If the antibodies work to fight the virus, it is not known how long they may be effective. Do they protect for a brief time? Or are they protective for years like many vaccines?

These tests help us learn how many people in the population have been exposed to the virus. It may help us figure out which people may have had the infection and just felt it was a cold and who may still not have been infected. This information is helpful to make plans for how humans may be able to better fight the virus. But, antibodies are not very helpful at this time for individuals because we do not know if they actually protect us from another infection with the virus.

 

 

WARNING: At this point in time there are very few available tests that have been authorized for use. There are a lot of frauds charging for tests (and making a bundle).  Some of these fraudulent tests are being used by licensed doctors who seem more interested in $ than in helping patients make informed decisions about their health. The health departments and other sites (hospitals, clinics) who offer the legitimate tests do not charge individuals for testing.


TESTING in KC-

Call 913-396-7070 for information and to see if you should be tested.

 

 

 

 

Family Health Care and the JayDoc volunteers are staffing a phone line for questions regarding COVID-19.

Call 913-396-7070 daily for providers and for the public. If the call-line is not answered live, (due to the time or number of other calls), leave your number and we will call you back in the next 24 hours to help you. If you have urgent symptoms and cannot reach us, please call 911 to check your options.

 

TESTING:

Swab testing (PCR viral genetics testing) for COVID-19:

COVID-19 tests are offered at no charge to the patient.

The patients who currently qualify for testing will be required to meet the screening/triage criteria. Testing is for those who meet CDC Federal criteria or KDHE State plan for testing.

   


 


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