Patient safety is our highest priority. Our office manager, Amanda, will reach out by email or text before your appointment with a parking spot assignment for your appointment. We ask that when you arrive you park in your assigned space and remain in your car until the nurse comes to greet you. She will walk you inside to our clinic room for your test. This system is designed to limit contact and limit the number of people in the office at one time. We thoroughly sanitize surfaces between patients, and change protective gear, so you can be assured of a safe testing environment. We work very hard to stick to schedule, so there is not extended waiting time in your vehicle. We also ask that you please wear a face mask to your appointment. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Regretfully we are unable to bill your insurance, and payment is due at time of service. We will provide you a copy of your paid invoice to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a COVID-19 antibody test and what do the results tell me?
After a person has been infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease) a person’s immune system produces proteins called antibodies to fight the infection. A COVID-19 antibody test is able to detect IGG and IGM antibodies from a small sample of blood, which would reveal that a person has had COVID-19 infection. The COVID-19 antibody test is not meant to diagnose disease, but rather shows prior infection. In some cases the antibody test can show current infection, although this is not the primary purpose of the test.
If I am currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is this the correct test to take?
This test is not designed to diagnose active COVID-19 disease. Arcadia Physicians Travel Clinic is not equipped to evaluate or treat active COVID-19 infection. If you are experiencing symptoms talk to your medical provider to get the proper testing. If you do not have a primary care physician we can refer you to our clinical partner, Southwellness, LLC for further evaluation.
What is a PCR analysis test for COVID-19?
A PCR test is typically done with a nasal swab and detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus (not the antibody) that causes COVID-19 disease. The virus is present in the body several days before antibodies are produced. PCR analysis is used to diagnose active COVID-19 infection. A person must meet specific pre test criteria to receive a PCR test, and we do not perform this test at Arcadia Physicians Travel Clinic, but this is available from our clinical partner, Southwellness, LLC.
What are IGM antibodies?
IGM antibodies are the first antibodies released by the body in rapid response to COVID-19 infection. They typically appear in most people by the 8th day of symptoms, but may appear earlier. IGM antibodies indicate a very recent, or in some cases current, COVID-19 infection.
What are IGG antibodies?
IGG antibodies are released by the body after the initial IGM response. IGG antibodies offer longer lasting protection against disease. IGG antibodies usually appear by the 14th day after infection and persist for a long time (at least a year, and possibly for life). IGG antibodies remain in circulation ready to attack if you are exposed to COVID-19 after having previously recovered from the disease.
How accurate is the COVID-19 Antibody test?
The test is more sensitive to pick up antibodies the longer its been since the initial infection. In some studies this will pick up >85% after 8 days and >90% after 10 days from infection. There is no perfect test, of course, and this test could miss some people. Also, as with almost all tests, there is a very low rate of false positives -probably <1%. Long term studies to get a more exact idea of this tests parameters are, of course, not possible given they are newly developed for this new threat.
Is the test FDA approved?
The Food and Drug Administration through the Emergency Use Authorization (EAU) has approved this test for use.
What practices do you use to prevent spreading COVID-19 from patient to patient?
We take patient safety very seriously and employ several procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We ask that when you arrive you park in your assigned parking space and remain in your car until the nurse comes to greet you. The nurse will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) including gown, mask and gloves. The nurse will take you straight inside to the clinic room for your test. This system is designed to limit contact and limit the number of people in the office at a time. We thoroughly sanitize surfaces between patients, and change protective gear, so you can be assured of a safe testing environment. We work very hard to stick to schedule, so there is not extended waiting time in your vehicle. As an additional safety precaution, we ask that you please wear a face mask (cloth is fine) to your appointment.
When will I get results from my test?
Test results are available within 15 minutes of receiving the blood sample. We will give you verbal and written results before you leave your appointment.
Will you bill my insurance?
We provide services on a fee-for-service basis, and payment is due at the time the service is scheduled. We will provide you with the necessary billing information if you choose to submit a claim to your insurance for reimbursement.