If you are having difficulty breathing or other emergency symptoms, please call 911 to get the most rapid response.

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If you have trouble finding a test site that will accomodate your request for testing, please call.

 
913-DOC-0220 (913-362-0220)
 
We will help you find testing. Doc Shop provides fee-for-service testing for $150, for individuals who need results rapidly for travel (proof of negative tests) or other purposes, or who may wish to be tested and do not fit the current public health guidelines. Written results are generally provided within 24 hours.

 
Free tests are also available for qualified individuals.

You may also wish to contact your local public health department (see below). 

   


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.

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.

     > 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.

         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.
 
      > 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.

 

 

Antibody test are usually drawn from blood through the arm 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.

 

 

For Free COVID Testing using Health Department protocols and for other local information, please contact your Public Health Department

 

 

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