FAQ

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The virus, which can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, has spread globally, including the United States. The current information available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with COVID-19 suggests that symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

What is the BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2?

The BD Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2 is a type of test called an antigen test. Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens, for example nasal swabs. 

How much does a Rapid COVID-19 Test cost?

 

MMRI Rapid Testing does not accept medical insurance, although reimbursement through your medical insurance may be possible.  Please consult your insurance provider prior to registering to ensure eligibility.  Payment in the form of a credit card hold is required at the time of registration and the card will be charged only once the results are delivered. No shows will incur an administrative fee of $25.00.  

Do you allow reservation cancellations?

 

Cancellations are allowed until the day of the test. All same-day cancellation will incur a $25 fee.

When should i get tested?

 

Tests are recommended 72 hours after exposure.

How long before i get my results?

 

The rapid test results should be available online within 30 minutes up to 1 hour.

What does it mean if I have a positive test result?

 

 If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. Therefore, it is also likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result). Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test result(s) along with your medical history, and your symptoms.

What does it mean if I have a negative test result?

 

A negative test result means that proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample. It is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If your test result is negative, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you. The amount of antigen in a sample may decrease the longer you have symptoms of infection. Specimens collected after you have had symptoms for more than seven days may be more likely to be negative compared to a molecular assay. It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.

Is this test FDA-approved or cleared?

 

No. This test is not yet approved or cleared by the United States FDA. When there are no FDA-approved or cleared tests available, and other criteria are met, FDA can make tests available under an emergency access mechanism called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The EUA for this test is supported by the Secretary of Health and Human Service's (HHS's) declaration that circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for the detection and/or diagnosis of the virus that causes COVID-19. This EUA will remain in effect (meaning this test can be used) for the duration of the COVID-19 declaration justifying emergency of IVDs, unless it is terminated or revoked by the FDA (after which the test may no longer be used).

Useful Links:
  • Click here to visit the CDC website on COVID-19

  • Click here to visit the NY State Department of Health website