We offer the most accurate and most reliable Covid-19 testing available anywhere in the world. At our office in Torrance, CA, we can accommodate almost all insurances. In addition, we work with a variety of labs, to provide the absolute best Coronavirus testing.
Make You Well Torrance offers PCR nasal swab tests with 24hr and even same-day results. Furthermore, we offer Rapid Antigen testing with 15 minute results. Lastly, we offer Antibody blood tests for the IGG, IGM, and IGA antibodies from COVID-19.
In need of group testing services? We can accommodate large groups and clients in the film production, event coordinating, maritime, and aviation industries.
A PCR test, also known as a Polymerase Chain Reaction test, is a laboratory technique used to detect the presence of genetic material, such as DNA or RNA, in a sample. It is commonly used in medical and research settings to diagnose various diseases, including infectious diseases.
The PCR test involves several steps that allow for the amplification and detection of a specific target sequence of genetic material.
Sample collection: A swab or other sample collection method is used to obtain a specimen from the patient, typically from the nose, throat, or other relevant areas.
Nucleic acid extraction: The genetic material (DNA or RNA) is extracted from the collected sample. This step isolates and purifies the genetic material of interest.
PCR setup: The extracted genetic material is mixed with a special mixture called a PCR reaction mix. This mix contains primers, nucleotides, and a DNA polymerase enzyme.
Thermal cycling: The PCR reaction mix is subjected to a series of temperature changes in a machine called a thermal cycler. These temperature cycles allow for the amplification of the target genetic sequence. The cycles typically consist of three stages: denaturation, annealing, and extension.
a. Denaturation: The mixture is heated to a high temperature, usually around 95°C, which separates the DNA strands by breaking the hydrogen bonds.
b. Annealing: The temperature is lowered, usually between 50°C to 65°C, to allow small pieces of DNA called primers to bind to the target sequence on the DNA strands.
c. Extension: The temperature is raised again to around 72°C, and the DNA polymerase enzyme extends the primers, creating complementary copies of the target sequence.
Detection: The amplified DNA is detected using various methods, such as fluorescent dyes or probes that bind specifically to the amplified DNA. The detection allows for the visualization or quantification of the target genetic material.
PCR tests have been widely used for diagnosing infectious diseases, including viral infections like COVID-19. By detecting the presence of the virus’s genetic material in a patient’s sample, PCR tests can determine whether the individual is infected. The test’s sensitivity and specificity make it a valuable tool in disease detection and surveillance.
A COVID-19 rapid antigen test is a diagnostic test used to detect the presence of specific viral proteins (antigens) associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. It is designed to provide quick results, typically within 15 to 30 minutes, making it useful for rapid screening and immediate decision-making.
Sample collection: Similar to PCR tests, a sample is collected from the patient using a nasal or throat swab.
Antigen detection: The collected sample is mixed with a solution that helps release the viral antigens. This solution is then applied to a testing device, usually in the form of a test strip or cassette.
Test strip reaction: The testing device contains specific antibodies that can bind to the SARS-CoV-2 antigens. If the viral antigens are present in the sample, they will bind to these antibodies on the test strip.
Result interpretation: The test strip typically includes a visual indicator, such as a colored line, that appears if the SARS-CoV-2 antigens are detected. The presence or absence of these lines indicates whether the test is positive or negative for COVID-19.
It’s important to note that rapid antigen tests have slightly lower sensitivity compared to PCR tests, meaning they may not detect the virus in some individuals with lower viral loads. Therefore, if a rapid antigen test shows a negative result but there is a high suspicion of COVID-19, a confirmatory PCR test may be recommended.
Rapid antigen tests are often used in settings where quick results are needed, such as screening large populations, conducting rapid diagnostics in healthcare facilities, or identifying potential cases in community outbreaks. They are less complex and usually less expensive than PCR tests, making them more accessible in certain situations. However, for accurate diagnosis and monitoring of COVID-19, PCR tests are generally considered more reliable due to their higher sensitivity and specificity.
A COVID-19 antibody blood test, also known as a serology test, is a diagnostic test used to detect antibodies produced by the immune system in response to a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection. These antibodies are specific proteins that the body generates to help fight off the virus. Unlike PCR or rapid antigen tests, which detect the presence of the virus itself, antibody tests determine whether a person has been previously exposed to the virus and has developed an immune response.
Sample collection: A blood sample is collected from the individual, usually through a venous blood draw.
Laboratory analysis: The collected blood sample is sent to a laboratory, where it undergoes testing to detect the presence of COVID-19-specific antibodies.
Antibody detection: The laboratory test typically involves one of the following methods:
a. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA): This method uses specific viral antigens to detect and measure the presence of antibodies in the blood sample. It can detect different types of antibodies, such as IgM, IgG, or both.
b. Rapid lateral flow assay: Similar to a pregnancy test, this method uses a test strip that contains viral antigens. The blood sample is applied to the strip, and if antibodies are present, they will bind to the antigens, producing a visible line or color change.
Result interpretation: Depending on the test format, the presence or absence of specific antibodies is interpreted as a positive or negative result. Positive results indicate that the person has likely been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and has mounted an immune response. Negative results suggest no detectable antibodies, which may mean the person has not been previously infected or has not yet developed antibodies at the time of testing.
It’s important to note that antibody tests are not typically used for diagnosing an active COVID-19 infection, as it takes time for the immune system to produce detectable levels of antibodies. Antibody tests are more useful for understanding past infections, determining population-level immunity, and conducting seroprevalence studies.
It’s worth mentioning that the presence of antibodies does not necessarily guarantee immunity or protection against reinfection. The duration and level of immunity conferred by COVID-19 antibodies are still being studied, and it’s important to follow public health guidelines and recommendations regardless of antibody test results.