Getting tested for COVID-19 is one of the best ways you can your family safe during the pandemic.
We are offering two different kinds of tests. First, we are conducting the oropharyngeal swab test to check for active cases of COVID. Second, we have the Abbott Diagnostics IgG antibody test to see if your body developed the antibodies necessary to protect against the virus. Throughout the entire testing process, a health-care professional will support you. They will help you prepare for your test, administer the test, interpret the results, and make the best plan going forward.
Everyone is eligible to get tested, and it can be fully billed to your insurance!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! New York no longer has a shortage of testing supplies, and we are able to offer testing to anyone who wants it.
Yes. After conducting COVID tests for about two weeks at our clinic, testing only asymptomatic people, we found that 15-20% of asymptomatic people were actively carrying the virus. This means that one in six people who did not show symptoms were actively shedding the virus and could actively transmit it to others. Getting tested gives you information: if you happen to have the virus, it would be best to know that as soon as possible so you could self-isolate for two weeks and not spread it to someone else.
We are offering two different tests. First, we have an Oropharyngeal swab test. This tests if you have an active case of COVID and it is performed by taking a simple swab from the mouth, similar to a strep test. The other test is the Abbott Diagnostics IgG antibody blood test, which will check if you have the COVID antibodies. This test shows if you have been infected in the past, and is most accurate after some time has passed.
It is a normal blood test: the more blood the lab has to analyze, the more accurate your results will be.
No need to fast!
We don’t know yet. Researchers are studying how long antibodies stick around and whether they protect people from getting infected again. Plasma taken from patients with a known COVID-19 infection is being studied to figure out which factors contribute to making neutralizing antibodies, which may offer a longer-term protection.
Two things. First, be aware of any symptoms you may have or have had recently, even changes as small as not smelling as well as before. Know when you experienced those symptoms and how long they lasted for. Second, recall if you have been around anyone who has been sick recently so you can later check if they ever tested positive for the virus.
Results typically take around 4 days to get back to you. Sometimes, it takes a few days longer to get the results back from the labs, but as soon as we have your results, we will make sure you are aware of them. One of our providers will reach out to you directly to tell you your results, help you interpret them, and work with you to make a plan going forward.
To draw blood, the area around your elbow needs to be exposed. Either wear something that leaves this exposed, wear something that can be rolled up, or wear something that can be removed for the blood test.
A person should get a physical once each year.
The exam helps the doctor determine if there are any signs of certain conditions. The doctors at Bethany Medical Center will help the person live a healthier life by recommending lifestyle changes and by diagnosing and preventing health problems. It’s also a time for the doctor to schedule any follow-ups for further testing.
Although some doctors make visits brief, the physicians at Bethany Medical Center make sure to do a thorough examination of each patient to detect as many issues as early as possible and any possible conditions before they develop. The doctor will check a person’s vitals: blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, and temperature. The physician will conduct an examination of the person’s body. The doctor will evaluate how well the patient moves as well as the condition of the person’s skin. In the elderly, the physician will check the patient’s memory. Using a stethoscope, the doctor will listen to the patient’s heart to listen for a murmur, heart disease or an irregular heartbeat. The doctor will also use the stethoscope to listen to the person’s lungs. Wheezing, cracking or shallow breathing could indicate a lung or heart problem. The doctor may examine the patient’s head, neck, extremities, and abdomen.
Men will have their testicles checked for tenderness or lumps. The doctor checks a man for a hernia. His prostate and penis may be evaluated. Women may receive a breast and pelvic exam.
The doctor does monitor chronic conditions like asthma, hypertension, and diabetes at a physical exam.
The doctor will conduct physicals for other reasons besides just a yearly exam such as for a driver’s license permit, work, school or sports.