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COVID-19 Testing

Helping ensure a safe return to your community

Your employer or healthcare provider may have ordered you a COVID-19 diagnostic test to detect whether you currently have or previously had the SARS-CoV-2 viral infection. Below you can find information on sample collection processes and understanding your test results.

Why am I receiving COVID-19 testing?

Why is my employer testing for this information?

Why is my employer testing for this information? Many employers are choosing to test their employees as part of their plan to safely return to work. These tests can help identify whether you have a current COVID-19 infection, or if you have developed antibodies to the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection. Depending on the tests chosen by your employer, you may be asked to submit a nasal swab sample, a blood sample, or both.

What makes this testing different from other tests out there?

Biodesix testing is authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify either an active COVID-19 viral infection or the antibodies indicating previous infection. These tests are only performed in qualified laboratories and have low rates of false positive and false negative results to ensure high quality and reproducibility.

Sample Collection Information

I have been asked to submit a nasal swab sample - which test will I receive?

If you have been asked to collect a nasal swab sample, you will be tested to determine whether you have an active COVID-19 infection. The test on your result report will be called the Bio-Rad SARS-CoV-2 ddPCR™ Test.

A nasal swab sample collection kit was sent to my house – how can I correctly collect my sample?

Please follow the instructions provided in the collection kit. Additionally, you can download the nasal swab self-collection instructions at this link or watch this instructional video.

I have been asked to submit a blood sample - which test will I receive?

If you have been asked to submit a blood sample, you will be tested to find antibodies that indicate whether you may have a current or prior COVID-19 infection. The test on your result report will be called the Platelia SARS-CoV-2 Total Antibody Test.

Test Result Interpretation

What if I have a positive test result?

A positive test result from the Bio-Rad SARS-CoV-2 ddPCR™ testing of your swab sample means that it is very likely that you have a COVID-19 infection. Therefore, it is also likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. Please refer to the FDA Fact Sheet for more information.

A positive test result from the Platelia SARS-CoV-2 Total Antibody testing of your blood sample means that it is likely that you have or previously had COVID-19 and that you have developed an antibody response to the virus. Please refer to the FDA Fact Sheet for more information.

What if I have a negative test result?

A negative test result from the Bio-Rad SARS-CoV-2 ddPCR™ testing of your nasal swab sample means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. Please refer to the FDA Fact Sheet for more information.

A negative test result from the Platelia SARS-CoV-2 Total Antibody testing of your blood sample means that the antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample. Please refer to the FDA Fact Sheet for more information.

Sample Test Report for Bio-Rad SARS-CoV-2 ddPCR

Sample Test Report for Platelia SARS-CoV-2 Total Antibody

Understanding Your COVID-19 Test Results

Questions?

Please contact our Customer Care team at (833) 578-8559 for inquiries.

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