All our Real Time PCR testing is performed by a high complexity molecular lab that has an EUA from the FDA and meets the most strictest guidelines set for testing by the FDA and meets requirements for travel and flights. All Rapid Antibody kits have an EUA from the FDA and have independently verified to have a sensitivity of 97% percent and specificity of 97% and above.
The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a worldwide health issue. At My Concierge MD, we are helping people in the Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles area get tested for COVID-19 to ensure they do not have an active infection and get the proper diagnosis and medical care they need. We perform COVID nasal swabs, mouth swabs as well as rapid COVID tests to deliver faster results.
Our Beverly Hills team does HOUSE CALLS as well as drive-through testing at our office parking in addition to setting up testing sites at companies and facilities for employers and employees. Please visit our EMPLOYEE & COMPANY testing page. We are proud and honored to play a vital role in assisting the community during this difficult time.
What is Coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a new strain of the virus that belongs to the Coronavirus family. This family causes many diseases such as the common cold and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)among others.
Transmission of the Coronavirus can happen from animal to man. The spread of the virus occurs when an infected person sneezes or coughs. The virus uses mucous membranes like the eyes, nose, and mouth to enter the body.
Signs and Symptoms
The three core symptoms of Coronavirus infection are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
If patients are not treated appropriately, complications like pneumonia, kidney failure, and death may follow.
What is Rapid COVID Testing?
The rapid COVID testing we offer is for the RT-PCR test as well as the antibody test. The rapid COVID PCR test results are available usually within 24 hours but in some cases can take up to 24 hour to 48 hours and our emailed to you directly from our lab. Rapid COVID PCR test reveals if you have an active infection. The rapid antibody results are available in 15 minutes and reveal if antibodies are present and if there has been a past exposure. The rapid COVID PCR is the gold standard in testing and is run by a molecular lab that has a EUA from the FDA.
The rapid antibody kit is a quick, safe, and noninvasive method to check if you have Coronavirus antibodies. When exposed to any type of microbe, the human body produces an immune response. White blood cells are activated and begin the fight against the infection. Part of your immune response depends on the production of antibodies that battle infections.
The rapid COVID test kit detects antibodies against COVID-19in your bloodstream. There are two types of antibodies that the human body produces when exposed to COVID-19: IgM and IgG. IgM antibodies typically rise 1 week after infection whereas IgG starts rising 2 weeks after infection.
How does it work?
The rapid COVID test kit looks very similar to standard pregnancy tests. It only requires a blood sample to detect antibodies against coronavirus in your bloodstream. Our physicians will perform a simple finger prick, obtain your blood sample, and add a few drops of your blood sample into the testing well to check if the antibodies are present.
How long does it take to get results for Rapid COVID Test?
Our RT-PCR Swab test result are typically available within 24 hours! Unlike the standard COVID nasal swab tests that other places are taking 7 to 10 days to provide results, we are working with a private lab and are able to provide results within a much faster time frame. In the next couple of weeks we will also be adding rapid antigen tests that analyzes your blood sample on the spot with no need for laboratory specialists or special equipment. Results for antigen testing are available within 15 minutes but are not as accurate as the PCR test we are currently performing.
Which rapid COVID antibody tests does your office utilize?
We strive to provide only the best COVID-19 tests available on the market and are constantly researching and updating the testing provided to ensure that you receive the most reliable and accurate test available.
Unfortunately there are many test kits out there with inaccurate manufacture’s claims. These test kits have not been independently validated and are unreliable and inaccurate. We are currently utilizing rapid test kits when available manufactured by Healgen which has a very high sensitivity of close to a 100% and close to a 97% specificity, we are also using Cellex when available.
The rapid COVID tests that we are currently utilizing have been granted an EUA by the FDA or have applied for an EUA pending status. Rapid COVID test kits have been used and verified as a reliable testing method to test exposure to the Coronavirus in other countries of the world. The FDA strongly advises that, while still under investigation, individuals who take the rapid test still need to undergo the nasal swab test as well to rule out an active infection.
Is the COVID PCR test you perform acceptable prior to a flight?
Yes! We are using a CLIA certified high complexity molecular lab that has been granted an EUA by the FDA and meets all the requirements to be able to travel at the airport. This is the same as nucleic acid test NAT test. Most airlines are requiring that you have your test performed within 72 hours of your flight. We are performing these services to those who require a clearance prior to travel on an airplane. Our lab will directly send you the result via email once released. You will usually receive your results within 24 hours but at times it can take a bit longer. If you have not received your results after 40 hours please email us letting us know so we can look it up for you.
If you require a health certificate letter, please let us know and we will provide that to you as well. Please request this after you received your results so we can enter the needed information.
Fit To Fly Certificate
Some of the airlines are requiring that passengers provide fit to fly certificates. Our facility is able to provide these for you. PLease email us after you receive your results letting us know of this request.
Requirement for Hong Kong Travel & Other Airlines
We are aware of these requirements and are working with the different airline agencies to meet all the documentation that is requested. We should not have a problem providing these documents for you prior to your departure.
Benefits of Rapid COVID Testing
- Easy to perform
- Low cost
- Quick (results in 15 minutes or less)
- Accurate results
Does your facility provide testing for Companies and Employees?
Yes, please email us at email@example.com or visit our Employee & Company testing page. We are proud to have served so many of the largest and most vital companies in the Los Angeles area
What should you do if you think you are infected with Coronavirus?
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath or have been in contact with a positive Coronavirus patient, please use our BOOKING portal to schedule your appointment online. Our medical office can set up tele-medicine services over the phone for those who desire a detailed consultation as well as schedule your nasal or mouth RT-PCR swab to rule out active infection. We can in most cases provide you results to your nasal or mouth PCR by the next day or at times the same day.
What other testing does your facility provide for COVID-19?
Please visit Coronavirus Testing for more information.
What is the turnaround time for a COVID-19 PCR nasal swab?
Our office has secured a dedicated access to a PCR platform from a molecular lab and in most cases can provide you with next day results and in some cases same day results.
Do you need a consult or referral to have testing performed at our center?
No, currently you do not need a referral or a consult to have a COVID-19 test performed.
Our physicians can provide a telehealth consult for you to discuss your symptoms or history should you need. Our office can schedule an appointment for a drive throu rapid COVID test as well as PCR at our office parking. If you cannot leave your home, our team also performs house calls and can visit you in your home or work for rapid COVID testing.
What to do after getting tested?
After you get tested, the lab will notify you of your results via a secure and encrypted email. Our physician and staff can provide you information in regards to the meaning of the test results along with informative links for further reading and learning. Our physician can consult with you if you like as well and provide you with clear instructions on how to proceed next depending on your result.
If you are Coronavirus negative, you will be able to go back home but should self-isolate to minimize the risk of infection. If you are Coronavirus positive, there are two options to choose from based on the severity of your symptoms.
If your symptoms are mild, you can go back home to recover but will need to self-isolate and wear protective clothing like face masks and gloves when interacting with anyone at home. If your symptoms are severe, you will be referred to a hospital where you will be admitted and treated accordingly.
For more details about COVID testing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Beverly Hills facility at 877–760–3558.
Which rapid COVID-19 test is correct for me?
If you want to rule out an active infection now, then the rapid PCR test is the correct test to have. If you would like to see if you have been exposed in the past, then the rapid antibody test is able to determine that. Many people will perform both tests, as there is no evidence that people who have been exposed and have antibodies are able to get the infection a second time.
What is the turnaround time for the rapid PCR and rapid antibody test?
The rapid PCR test turnaround time is usually within 24 hours but in some cases it can take 24 to 48 hours which is extremely fast! Other places are reporting results 5 to 7 days. The rapid antibody test results are available within 15 minutes. ** Your PCR mouth swab or nasal swab results are emailed to you directly so you don’t need to call for results. The staff will notify you of positive antibody results as soon as released.
Is there a faster turnaround rapid COVID-19 test?
There are studies currently being done on antigen testing with faster results but they are currently unreliable and inaccurate and thus we are not using them. We have secured access to a PCR platform to run the GOLD standard in testing and provide results usually within 24 hours or less. We are actively monitoring the progress of faster tests and once they become available we will be sure to make them available.
Fees for COVID-19 Testing
- Rapid COVID-19 PCR Test — $225
- Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Test — $225
- Corporate discounts provided for employers who are seeking to test a larger number of employees. (Please email email@example.com and let us know the number of employees you need to have tested so we can provide you with the appropriate discount.
You are required to pay upfront for your test, but our office can submit for reimbursement on your behalf. Most insurance companies are covering the cost of COVID-19 testing and have waived deductibles to allow people to get tested. Please contact your insurance carrier for more information. We are unfortunately not able to submit for Kaiser insurance.
How to book your appointment online
Due to high call volumes and faster scheduling, please SCHEDULE online.
* * Due to increases in COVID-19 infections and positive results there may be a delay past the 24–48 hours but currently unless there is a change in this posting, we are providing results in this time frame. We typically receive results within 24 hours but at times this can be longer and up to 48 hours. We do our best to get you your results as earliest as possible as we know how important this is.
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