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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

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Yes! ModernMD offers Rapid COVID-19 antigen testing to evaluate for active COVID-19 infection, right away – with results available in 15 minutes. We also offer diagnostic COVID-19 e-swab testing for DOH approved medical & dental procedure clearance, as well as IgG antibody testing, to detect COVID-19 antibodies.

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YES! All ModernMD locations offer rapid COVID-19 antigen testing, for quick and reliable results, right away!

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Based on recent Department of Health policy expansion, COVID-19 testing (rapid or standard diagnostic) is widely recommended for most patients. Frequent testing is advised, even if you do not have symptoms or are not at increased risk of contracting COVID -19.

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.

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In accordance with best practice, patients may only have a rapid COVID-19 test at ModernMD once every five days.

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ModernMD offers Rapid SARS – COVID-19 Antigen testing, which is 96.7% accurate. Should your rapid COVID-19 test come back positive, you will receive a standard diagnostic (e-swab) test as well, which will be sent to a lab to confirm your diagnosis. This ensures 100% confirmation of all positive COVID-19 findings.

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.

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Rapid COVID-19 antigen testing is the quickest and most convenient COVID-19 test available today, to evaluate for active, COVID-19 infection. Rapid Antigen testing, which is performed with a nasal swab, is nearly as accurate as a diagnostic COVID-19 test (96.7%), but the primary difference is the speed with which you get your results. Rapid COVID-19 antigen testing results are available within 15 minutes, as your sample can be tested right in our centers, as opposed to being sent to a lab for processing.

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.

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NO! 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 at least 7 business days before you require your results.

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Insured patients:
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.

Self-pay 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.

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Yes, if you are at least 12 years old, ModernMD is offering IgG antibody testing, to evaluate you for antibodies to the COVID-19 virus.

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Yes, you may use your insurance for both diagnostic COVID-19 & antibody testing. If you are commercially insured, most insurance companies are waving copays.

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.

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Due to recent nationwide surges in COVID-19 infection, national laboratories are experiencing high COVID-19 testing volume. If you receive a diagnostic COVID-19 test, please allow 5-7 days for results. If you’ve had an IgG antibody test, please allow 3-5 days for results to be returned to us.

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.

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Yes, all ModernMD’s can provide a work note for your visit upon request.

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All forms of antibody testing are designed to determine if you were exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the virus. While rapid antibody tests offer quick, on-site results, they are significantly less accurate than IgG antibody tests, which are sent to a lab for analysis, producing more reliable results.

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The serum blood draw test provided at ModernMD Urgent Care is 99.8 % accurate.

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A positive antibody test result indicates that IgG antibodies were present in your collected blood sample. A positive result may be due to past or present infection with SARS-CoV-2. If you have not been previously diagnosed with COVID-19, additional testing may be needed to see if you are currently infected. In rare cases, a positive result may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 strains of coronavirus.

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A negative antibody test result indicates that IgG antibodies were not present in your collected blood sample. However, as antibodies may take 3-4 weeks to develop, you may still be actively infected with SARS-CoV-2. Additional diagnostic testing would be needed to see if you are currently infected.

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Like many viral illnesses, Coronavirus is contracted through contact with the respiratory droplets produced when we cough and sneeze.

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.

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Having symptoms such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath does not necessarily mean you have Coronavirus, as these symptoms are common in many every-day illnesses. If you are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, visit ModernMD for testing or contact your primary care provider.

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The time between exposure to infection and the first sign of symptoms is called the incubation period.

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)

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Complying with current state & city policy is the best way to protect yourself & others, slowing community spread of COVID-19. Current NYC recommendations include:

Practicing social distancing by:

Avoiding gatherings
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

Self-Quarantining

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 eating
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.