What It Is
The IC Labs COVID-19 diagnostic antigen test uses a sample taken from a nasal swab to detect the nucleocapsid protein from SARS-CoV-2, commonly known as the corona virus. If this rapid diagnostic test is positive, it means that the person is CURRENTLY infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Once the infection is gone, the antigen 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 antigen result. Testing less than five to six days after exposure to the corona virus is likely to produce a negative antigen 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 Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA). This test uses advanced immunofluorescence-based lateral flow technology and has been authorized by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for use by authorized laboratories.