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Paradigm Laboratories processes Covid-19 testing by utilizing a quantitative PCR test (polymerase chain reaction). PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of the Covid-19 virus. The advantage of PCR testing is that our coronavirus testing lab can definitively identify whether or not you are infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Why wouldn’t I just use an Antibody (Serelogic) test?

The antibody test can you tell you who has been infected but it can’t tell who “is” currently infected. Antibodies begin developing in the blood when infected, creating a defense mechanism towards future immunity. However, this type of testing will not identify the level of antibodies present in the blood, whether or not you are a current carrier of Covid-19, and how many antibodies are necessary to create full immunity. As the PCR testing is utilized on a larger scale with quantitative results, a quantitative antibody test will be developed and relevant.

How long does it take to get results?
Once the coronavirus testing lab receives the sample, results will be inputted into the provider's patient portal within 24 hours.
Can I buy a set amount of samples now and send in to the lab piecemeal?
Yes, we can accommodate small sample amounts.
What is the shelf life of the test kits?
The kits have an average shelf life of 15 months, but once the swab is used to collect a sample and placed into the transport medium (fluid vial) the stability life averages 72 hours. We provide overnight shipping to ensure the samples full integrity and are received by Paradigm Laboratories on time.