What It Is
The IC Labs COVID-19 RT-PCR is a real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test that uses a sample taken from a nasal swab to detect the ribonucleic acid (RNA) from SARS-CoV-2, commonly known as the coronavirus. It is also known as a molecular test, nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), RT-PCR test and a LAMP test.
If this diagnostic test is positive, it means that it has detected the virus’ genetic material and the person is CURRENTLY infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Once the infection is gone, the RNA disappears, and the test will be negative.
A positive test is considered very accurate, but it’s possible to be infected with the virus and have a negative RNA result. Testing less than five to six days after exposure to the corona virus is likely to produce a negative RNA result. No Covid-19 test is 100% accurate, so it’s important to follow Covid-19 guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as social distancing.
We utilize the Thermo Fisher 7500 Real-Time PCR Covid-19 Assay. This test uses multiplex diagnostic solution technology and has been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by authorized laboratories.