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Covid Testing Questions & Answers

Why test with Dr. Lori Gerber?

Having your test run at Dr. Lori Gerber’s facility gives you access to her knowledge to be able to feel better more quickly through supplementation and medications as necessary.  She will also provide the key “Covid Pack” essentials to always have on hand and ways to stay healthy and reduce the risk of Covid-19.

 

Why is Dr. Lori Gerber’s lab better than the competitors?

The lab is not only running samples 24-7, but also is turning around tests in approximately 72 hours.  The results are sent to each patient via secure text message links.   We do offer a faster STAT test which is more expensive and cannot be run through insurance.  Those can be resulted the same day that the test is received -- which means by midnight the next day.  (30-36 hours). 

 

Does Dr. Lori Gerber take insurance in her Covid-19 Functional Medicine Testing Center?

In this setting, Dr. Lori Gerber does accept all insurances and has a self-pay option.  There are some benefits to not using your insurance.  Feel free to e-mail us directly to ask what those benefits are!  Info@mydrlori.com

 

What is the cost of Covid-19 PCR testing?

Self Pay = $125  /  Insurance with convenience fee = $40

 

Will the nasal swab for Covid-19 hurt?

The newer method for swabbing is not a nasopharyngeal swab which means it doesn’t go down into the back of the throat or even all the way up the nose.  It is just a deep nasal swab which feels like water up the nose and burns a bit.  If you sneeze or eyes water, then we did it right!  But that’s it.

 

Why is Dr. Lori Gerber’s PCR testing better than somewhere else?

The nasal swab PCR testing performed is the highest sensitivity on the market.  It can test to 12.5 viral particles which eliminates false negatives unless the patient just doesn’t have a high enough viral load and tested too early or late. 

 

When is it recommended to test?

If you are exposed or testing because you have traveled, we recommend waiting about 5 days as that is the approximate incubation period in order to catch the highest yield of positive patients.  If you come too early or too late, there is the possibility of missing the window or actual infection.  If you are feeling symptoms and are sick, we recommend coming sooner than later as most likely you were exposed about 3-5 days earlier. 

 

What do I do if I am positive?

Don’t worry.  Dr. Lori Gerber will call you personally with your positive results and how to handle them.  This is one of the reasons to test with Dr. Lori!

 

What are the current CDC quarantine recommendations?

First of all, if you are getting tested, you should be quarantining. 

The current CDC guidelines are as follows:

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months if they do not develop symptoms again.  People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

 

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Steps to take

Stay home and monitor your health

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

 

Options to reduce quarantine:

CDC and other scientists have explored changing the current recommendation to quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing economic hardship if they cannot work during this time. In addition, a shorter quarantine period can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.

Local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last in the communities they serve, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine.

CDC now recommends two additional options for how long quarantine should last. Based on local availability of viral testing, for people without symptoms quarantine can end:

  • On day 10 without testing
  • On day 7 after receiving a negative test result

After stopping quarantine, people should

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If they have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact their local public health authority or healthcare provider.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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