COVID-19 is an unpredictable virus that affects people of all ages and causes a range of health problems. Some people don’t get sick, others experience long-lasting symptoms, and for too many, the disease leads to death. When you need COVID testing, the experienced team at Lehigh Valley Genomics offers accurate RT-PCR testing that produces results in 48-72 hours. Walk-ins are welcome, so you don’t need an appointment. But if you have any questions, call the office in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, or connect online.
You should get tested for COVID-19 if you:
A high-risk area refers to places where transmission is high (lots of people are getting COVID-19) and vaccination rates are low. A high-risk event involves large crowds who aren’t wearing masks or weren’t required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result.
However, many variables affect your risk of developing COVID-19. Whether or not you’re fully vaccinated is the most important factor. Other variables include the viral variant you were exposed to, how close you were to the person, how long you were exposed, and whether you were inside or outside.
COVID-19 causes symptoms such as:
Some people also experience neurological symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, and vision changes.
Lehigh Valley Genomics performs COVID testing using a test called the real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test (RT-PCR). The RT-PCR detects genetic material from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
To perform your RT-PCR test, Lehigh Valley Genomics inserts a swab through your nose and takes a sample from the upper part of your throat (just behind your nose). The swab immediately goes to their lab, and your results are ready in 48-72 hours.
We now only sequence for reference testing or upon specific request. Lehigh Valley Genomics can also use the same sample to test for influenza A and B at the same time you get COVID-19 testing.
Viruses commonly create new variants (strains). Some SARS-CoV-2 variants are more contagious and cause more severe illness than the original virus.
If you have a positive RT-PCR test, Lehigh Valley Genomics can perform additional testing called next-generation sequencing to identify the variant.
The team asks if you want sequencing when they take your nasal swab. The information about your variant is available in 5-7 days after they complete your RT-PCR test.
Lehigh Valley Genomics welcomes walk-ins for COVID-19 testing. Be sure to bring your ID and insurance information. If you don’t have insurance, they charge a special cash rate.
Lehigh Valley Genomics sends results to your primary care physician. However, you can also request your results directly from the lab.
To learn more about COVID-19 testing, call Lehigh Valley Genomics, or connect with them online today.