How can you keep everyone safe at home while caring for yourself or a loved one? Who needs to be looked for at home? How can other family members be protected from COVID-19 infection?
Here's what you should do and what you should avoid
LabElite offers the key three FDA-approved diagnostic COVID-19 tests.
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing analyzes the upper respiratory specimen and looks for genetic material (ribonucleic acid or RNA) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. RNA is discernible in the early phase of infection ––before the body has had a chance to manufacture antibodies to the infection.
Antigen tests are very successful in identifying cases where people are at their peak of infection. They are taken with a nasal or throat swab and detect a protein part of the Coronavirus. These tests are less expensive and generally faster but also less accurate. They can also identify if a patient had contracted the virus in the past.
Antibody testing screens antibodies in the blood. Antibodies are created when the body is fighting an infection like COVID-19. The antibody testing is not checking for the virus; it is looking to see whether the immune system has responded to the infection.
Read our FAQs to clear your doubts about Covid-19 testing services.
Everyone can get the rapid testing COVID at Chicago through Lab Elite.
There are a lot of testing labs available in the city that provides COVID-19 test facility to people. Visit our nearest branch or call us to get same-day results of COVID testing in Chicago.
It depends on your health condition and vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated, you have to get tested more often, even with no symptoms.
At-home testing provides a facility to stay at home and provide the sample for testing sent to the lab, and the patient gets results in a few days.
Depending on your health condition and symptoms, your doctor can help you know which test is suitable for you.
A positive result means that you are suffering from COVID-19, and you must keep your distance from others and isolate your self and take good care of yourself.
A negative result means that you are most likely not suffering from COVID-19, but still, you must keep your distance from others, and if you have any symptoms, you must be more careful. Sometimes you are suffering from the virus, but tests don't detect it.
Even if you are vaccinated for COVID-19, you can still get positive test results from your recent exposure.
Antibodies are the proteins produced by the body to help fight infections. They mostly protect us from getting the same infection again.
Antibodies are found in the blood of people who have been previously infected with or vaccinated against a disease-causing virus; they demonstrate the body's efforts (past infection) or preparedness (past infection or vaccination) to fight the virus.
People who are fully recovered from COVID can get antibody tests.