Now Offering COVID-19
Evaluation, Screening and Testing*
*If appropriate and necessary, Nytingale providers offer guidance and real time face to face instruction for specimen collection with the COVID-19 PCR swab test, this test is shipped directly to the patient and returned to Gravity Diagnostics or MicroGenDX lab for processing. Nytingale does not perform the actual laboratory testing process, a provider supervises the collection.
Antibody testing for COVID-19 will be performed by a Quest Diagnostics Lab or LabCorp representative with a Nytingale order.
A complete evaluation of the patient's condition is performed and a test order is given only if appropriate. Nytingale does NOT offer stand alone self administered "home test kits". The FDA has not authorized Nytingale to offer "in-home test kits".
About The COVID-19 Testing Service
How does the test work?
This is a deep nasal swab (less deep if patient has symptoms).
Should I get tested?
You can go to Coronavirus.com for a quick screening tool.
Can I get tested if I do not have symptoms?
Short answer is Yes but you must meet certain criteria: Healthcare Worker. Your current exposure status and local infection concentration will be considered by your provider. CDC guidelines recommend testing of patients that fall into 3 different priorities. However, your provider ultimately will decide the appropriateness of testing. As our society moves toward a less acute state and "begin business as usual" this criteria may change. Please check with the CDC.gov or our website regularly.
Which test will show if I have developed immunity to COVID-19 virus?
The antibody test shows your possible immunity to COVID-19. It can take up to 14 days for antibodies to build in your system from the date of symptom start. While the test is very accurate and specific to COVID-19 there is not a 100% guarantee that your antibodies are due to a recent COVID-19 infection. Learn more about the testing method here. No test can provide that guarantee at this time.
What's the difference in this test and the antibody test?
This test uses a deep nasal swab to determine if you are actively infected. The antibody test is a blood test to determine previous infection and antibody development from that infection. It can take up to 10 days from symptom start to develop detectable antibodies.
How long after the sample collection is done do I have to send the sample to the lab?
Your sample should be shipped to lab within 12 hours of collection, within 24 hours is acceptable. The quickest shipping improves the odds of an accurate result. It is recommended that you schedule a pick-up or locate a drop off location as soon as you receive your kit, this will reduce the shipping time after your "provider-guided" collection.
How does this whole process work?
If a patient is concerned about an exposure to COVID-19 or suspects their symptoms are related to it, they may click "Start A Visit for Testing" on our COVID-19 page here.
How much will the COVID-19 nasal swab testing cost?
Currently during the "State of Emergency" due to the pandemic, many (if not all) insurance carriers are covering the test and waiving copays if the test is recommended by a provider.
Are the test samples time sensitive?
Yes. When a sample is obtained every effort should be made to insure the sample arrives to the lab intact and unharmed. Since the survival time for microbes can be short in some cases, it's important that it gets to the lab as quickly as possible for a valid result.
Can the testing be done at anytime on anyday?
No. Samples can only be received at times the lab is open. Therefore timing of the sample collection is important and should not be done when shipping and the lab are not available. The sample needs to arrive at the lab no later than 24 hours after collection to protect its viability. When sheduling your initial telemedicine evaluation and your second telemedicine visit for sample collection, the Nytingale scheduling system will prevent appointments that don't allow for these conditions. You will only be able to schedule when these processes can be done.
Why do I need two telemedicine visits?
Your first visit with a provider is to determine your medical history, evaluate your current condition, and determine if COVID-19 testing is appropriate to order. Your second visit is if you are ordered a test. You will need to self-obtain your sample with guidance from a provider during a real time video visit for the test to be valid. If you are not ordered a test by a provider, there is no need for a second appointment unless you or your provider want to follow up on other conditions or previous treatment.
Are the tests you offer FDA approved?
The tests are the same as offered at "brick and mortar" facilities and drive-thrus, however, the FDA has not authorized any "at-home" test kits as of yet. You can review their concerns here. The FDA has valid concerns and Nytingale respects the FDA's decision regarding this matter. You can see more about why we are not an "at-home" test kit company by reading the FAQ "What makes Nytingale different than other online companies selling COVID-19 test kits?".
Can I just get the sample myself and send it in?
No. A provider must guide and witness obtaining the sample. This is to insure a proper sample and satisfy recommendations by the FDA and CDC regarding home testing. If a sample is sent in to the lab without provider involvement and guidance, the test will be canceled.
What makes Nytingale different than other online companies selling COVID-19 test kits?
Nytingale offers medical services via telemedicine. Our goal is to offer access to more people in more places without the obstacle of geography or cost.
Will I be reported to my health department?
If you test positive for COVID-19, your results will be reported to the appropriate health department agency. This is to maintain accurate tracking of the disease.
What lab(s) do you use for the testing?
What's the difference between the nasal swab (PCR) test and the antibody test?
The nasal swab is a molecular test used to determine an active infection of COVID-19. The antibody test is a blood test (very small amount) to determine if a patient has had an active infection in the past to cause the body to create antibodies against the virus (possilbe immunity).
How accurate are these tests?
Because of the short existance of COVID-19 the are many variables that can impact the accuracy of testing.