Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ
Rapid testing is available to most patients, even those who do not have symptoms and are not at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. However, if you require Department of Health clearance for an elective medical or dental procedure, rapid COVID-19 testing is NOT right for you, as this newer test type does not yet meet DOH requirements. For elective medical & dental procedure clearance, please request a diagnostic (e-swab) COVID-19 test and allow at least 7 business days for your results.
Please note that not all rapid COVID-19 tests are created equal – many available on the market are significantly less accurate than the antigen testing offered at ModernMD.
Diagnostic testing is similarly used to determine if you are actively infected with COVID-19 and is also completed using a nasal swab. However, the results of standard diagnostic COVID-19 tests take anywhere from 3 – 7 business days, due to the high COVID-19 testing volume all national laboratories are experiencing.
Standard diagnostic testing is required by the NYC Department of Health for patients who need confirmation of their negative COVID-19 status prior to elective medical or dental procedures so in these cases, rapid testing does not suffice. Please be sure to confirm the type of COVID-19 testing your healthcare provider or employer requires well in advance, to ensure you receive a diagnostic COVID-19 test should you need one.
At ModernMD, there is no out of pocket cost to insured patients visiting Rapid COVID-19 testing. Copays, deductibles, and coinsurance are waived for commercially insured patients.
Patients without insurance will be charged our competitive self-pay visit fee of $99 plus the cost of the rapid antigen test ($25) totaling $124.
Confirmatory diagnostic swab testing for patients with positive rapids are performed at no additional charge. However, patients may receive a bill from the lab for the processing of confirmatory diagnostic e-swab tests.
If you are uninsured, A visit with our provider for a COVID-19 diagnostic e-swab is $99 & a visit for an anti-body test is $75. If both a diagnostic & antibody test are deemed appropriate during your visit, you will only be responsible for our $99 self-pay visit fee. In all cases, you may receive a bill from our lab partner.
How long will it take to get my diagnostic COVID-19 results? How long will it take to get my antibody testing results?
Please also be sure to share your email address at the time of your visit, so we may activate your ModernMD patient portal account, which will allow you to easily access your results online. You will receive an email notification when your results are posted to your patient portal for your review.
It may be possible for a person to contract Coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) currently list an incubation period of 2-14 days for Coronavirus, but preliminary research suggests it could be longer (up to 27 days)
Practicing social distancing by:
Avoiding non-essential travel, shopping and visiting of others
Keeping 6 ft of distance between yourself & others when you must go out
Working from home and staying home whenever possible
Wearing a mask in public
If you are experiencing any symptoms of mild upper respiratory illness (like fever and cough) act as though you are contagious & stay home for 14 days, leaving only to receive medical care. Those who live with you should also stay indoors unless they are seeking testing or treatment.
If you are not ill, the same preventative measures you use each sick season to avoid catching a common cold or flu are key to keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy. If you are ill, these same tactics will help reduce making others sick. These measures include:
Frequently washing your hands with soap & water for at least 20 seconds, especially:
Before touching your face or other people
After using the bathroom
After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
After taking mass transit
Using hand sanitizer in the above cases, if you cannot access soap and water
Disinfecting frequently used surfaces & items
Avoiding touching your face as much as possible
Steering clear of close contact or sharing items with others who are sick
If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 but have not experienced symptoms, you are eligible for COVID-19 testing. You may also consider an IgG antibody test to identify COVID-19 antibodies.