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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

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Yes! ModernMD offers diagnostic COVID-19 e – swab testing, to evaluate for active COVID-19 infection. We also offer IgG antibody testing, to detect COVID-19 antibodies.

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Based on recent Department of Health policy expansion, testing Is no longer reserved solely for patients with severe COVID-19-like symptoms. Your ModernMD Provider will determine if a diagnostic test is right for you during your exam. The following individuals are eligible:

1. Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, and trouble breathing
2. First Responders, Health Care Workers, or employees of Nursing Homes/Care Facilities
3. Essential workers who directly interact with the public
4. Persons who are under precautionary or mandatory self-quarantine
5. Any persons for whom testing is deemed appropriate by their healthcare provider

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Yes, if you are currently symptom-free and 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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Diagnostic testing is used to determine if you are actively infected with COVID-19 and is completed using a nasal swab. Antibody testing is a blood test used to determine if you were infected with COVID-19 and have developed IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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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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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. In both cases, you may receive a bill from our lab partner.

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Whether you receive a diagnostic COVID-19 test or an IgG antibody test, we should receive your results from our lab partner within 3 business days. A ModernMD team member will reach out with your results, which will also be published to our patient portal.

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

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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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The majority (approximately 80%) of coronavirus patients experience only mild symptoms and make a full recovery. However, Some cases require hospital treatment and the most severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and multiple organ failure.

The elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions (i.e. asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) are more likely to become severely ill from the disease.

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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.

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

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Visit these state and federal resources for more COVID-19 information

NY Department of Health:
Corona Virus Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Website: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html