Kai Medical Laboratory offers two types of testing for COVID-19 infection detection at your company’s location(s) for your employees.
VIRAL TESTING DETECTS ACTIVE INFECTION. Viral tests check samples from your respiratory system (such as swabs of the inside of the nose) to tell you if you currently have an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Some tests are point-of-care tests, meaning results may be available at the testing site in less than an hour. Other tests must be sent to a laboratory to analyze, a process that takes 1-2 days once received by the lab. The value of a viral test is to inform an individual of infection status so they can anticipate course of illness and take action to prevent transmission. COVID-19 may be present before symptoms show up, the test can tell if someone has the virus early on. By scaling viral testing to test vast groups in a population, employees can initiate treatment early and can immediately self-quarantine to minimize the spread.
ANTIBODY TESTING DETECTS PAST INFECTION. Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which can show if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and usually provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity). Additional clinical evidence is needed to fully validate immunity. Antibodies are disease specific. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with a current COVID-19 infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose COVID-19. The ideal detection window for antibodies post-infection is 14+ days following symptom onset. Antibody results provide insight on whether it’s necessary to self-quarantine or return to work, school, and activity.
Testing is critical to keeping our country safe and your business/economy open.