Covid-19 "Coronavirus" Test FAQ

FAQ: About Covid-19 "Coronavirus" Testing

Section 1: Booking Your Covid-19 Testing

How long will my Family In-Home Covid-19 IgG/IgM Coronavirus Testing appointment last?

To minimize exposure, all Covid-19 IgG/IgM "Coronavirus" in-home testings are done as quickly and effeciently as possible. Expect your visit to take approximately 30 minutes/person, which includes the time that it will take for test results to be received and health screening. Check out this infographic for a breakdown of your CNS Coronavirus home testing visit:

During what times do you perform Health Screenings and Covid-19 testings?

In-home testing hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm PST. Businesses/Organizations: Monday - Friday from 5:00 am - 8:00 pm PST. We do accommodate businesses with special shift hours or requesting a certain date and time for testing.

How can I book an appointment for a CNS Testing Home visit?

1) Visit our website at to book and fill out the necessary forms. Due to the high demand for testing, we are making every attempt to service as many people as soon as humanly possible. Every individual and/or household family member must fill out a consultation/intake form in order to be scheduled. To finalize your reservation, total payment is due upon completing the consultation form for individuals and/or "Primary Adult" form for families or groups. FAMILY HEALTH PLANS ONLY If choosing the Family Health plan, payment of services should be made under the "Primary Adult" household member's consultation form ONLY. The Primary Adult's form will be used as the official household's form time stamp, if all forms for every household member being tested are received within 2 hours of the primary adult's form submission. If all household members' consultation forms are not received within 2 hours of the primary adult's form submission, then the date/time submission of the last household member's form will be used. 2) SCHEDULING You will need to book at least 48 hours in advance of your preferred time slot. You will have up to 3 appointment dates/times. We will schedule you according to availability. If your appointment timesYou will receive an email with a proposed schedule date and time of service within 24 hours of booking. You will have 2 hours to confirm. If you are unavailable on the proposed date/time, then we will attempt to book you at the next available date and time. We book each client in 2-hour windows. Testings are booked 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Note: You must fill out one form per household member. Qualified children must receive testing at the same time and address as the adult. Qualified child = All children up to age 18. Verified college students up to age 25. 3) Your CNS nurse will arrive at your residence approximately 5 - 10 minutes before your scheduled time and will give an approximate 5-minute courtesy heads-up call before arriving to perform your Covid-19 IgG/IgM coronavirus screening and test on your reserved date and time slot. 4) Appointments will last approximately 30 minutes/person being tested. Check out this infographic for booking your CNS Coronavirus home testing visit: CNS Covid-19 antibody in-home testing

Do you accept insurance? What forms of payment do you accept?

Childress Nursing Services for Coronavirus testing accepts all major credit and debit cards, FSA and HSA debit cards, and ACH debits. According to the CARES Act, Covid-19 testing, including antibody testing, can be covered by your health insurance provider. However, every person's health insurance plan is different. So, contact your insurance benefits provider to see if you are covered. Covid-19 antibody testing and health screenings are paid by you and CNS does not bill your insurance. You will have to ask your insurance provider about their out-of-network non-CDC antibody testing provider reimbursement procedure. We will provide you with whatever necessary documents that your insurance provider states that you need from us. We do accept all major credit and debit cards for online payments. CNS also accepts FSA and HSA cards with a VISA or Mastercard logo. Please contact your insurance benefits provider to verify plan rules and eligible expenses. Businesses will be able to pay via debit/credit cards and ACH debit. Payment is due upon booking. All payments will be made over the secured site of our payment processors, QuickBooks and Square. Note: Due to high volume requests, we operate on a first reserved, first served basis.

Section 2: About Coronavirus (Covid-19)

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia. The name refers to a family (Coronaviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses having a lipid envelope studded with club-shaped projections, hence the prefix "Corona." These viruses often circulate among animals and can sometimes evolve and infect people. This novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) emerged in a seafood and poultry market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The media reference to the "Coronavirus" is identified as SARS-CoV2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2). SARS-CoV2 causes the coronavirus disease Covid-19. 2019-nCoV (‘n’ is for novel and ‘CoV’ is for coronavirus) acute respiratory disease was the initial name determined by WHO for the virus identified in China in 2019 but was later changed to SARS-CoV2.

What are the signs and symptoms of Covid-19 infection?

Most people experience experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Some don't show any symptoms. Older people (particularly 65+ age) and those with underlying medical problems such as chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, diabetics, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Common symptoms (very similar to the flu virus) of Covid-19 include: - Fever - Tiredness - Dry cough - Difficulty breathing (in more severe cases) Note: All of these symptoms are checked in your CNS Health Screening. About 80% of those infected recover from the disease without needing special treatment. More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal.

How soon can I tell if I am infected with Covid-19 (Coronavirus)?

People can be infected with the Coronavirus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. This is where the buzz words "14-15 day wait" originates. It is believed that people with little to mild symptoms need to wait/self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days before requesting PCR/molecular confirmatory testing, because there is currently no cure for Covid-19 and approximately 80% of those infected with Covid-19 develop little to no symptoms. Also, there has to be enough of the virus present on the sample swab for the PCR test to determine a Covid-19 active infection and more severe symptoms can capture a greater number of the virus present on the swab. If the viral sample is too small, then molecular testing cannot confirm an active Covid-19 infection. Also, this has lead to the belief of why people can initially test negative and then later test positive for Covid-19. On the other hand, serology or antibody testing does not require a person to exhibit symptoms. Serology tests can be used to determine a current or past Covid-19 infection. A person's body actively infected produces IgG and IgM antibodies during an immune response to Covid-19. However, it generally takes the body 5-8 days post infection to mount an antibody response to the virus. At this time, the body may have already fought off and not currently active for the virus. *This is why a serology test should be accompanied by a confirmatory test to confirm that the virus is still actively present in the body. Serology tests are typically used to determine if the body has mounted an immune response to Covid-19, showing evidence of a previous infection. It is used in helping to determine if a person has immunity to Covid-19. ​*Note: All serology/antibody test results are presumptive and should be confirmed by an approved molecular assay. Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals. Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E. Results from an antibody test should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection or to inform infection status.

What are "Silent Spreaders"?

The people who show little to no symptoms with the active Covid-19 infection are referred to as "silent spreaders." These people are typically unaware that they are infected with the coronavirus. However, because they actively have the infection, they typically unknowingly spread the Covid-19 to others around them. In China, approximately 86% of Coronavirus infections early in the outbreak were transmitted by people who never got sick enough to go to the doctor.

2 Types of Coronavirus Tests: Serology and PCR. What are the differences?

Childress Nursing Services currently obtains our Covid-19 serology testing kits from companies who have notified the FDA that they will be distributing their serology tests. At this time, the FDA HAS NOT APPROVED any Covid-19 "Coronavirus" testing kits/machines in the US. This includes PCR (molecular) and Serology (antibody) tests. Currently, the FDA has either issued manufacturers, including the CDC, an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) or company has properly notified the FDA of their intent to distribute their serology tests. For more information about these manufacturers, then check out the FDA website link: CLICK HERE Childress Nursing Services Serology vs PCR Coronavirus Covid-19 tests

What are the Covid-19 "Coronavirus" IgG/IgM serology testing kits used by CNS. How do the serology testing kits work?

Serology aka Antibody tests detects antibodies (IgG and IgM) produced by the body during an immune response to pathogens, as in with a Covid-19 infection. The body uses these antibodies to fight the Coronavirus. These IgG and IgM antibodies are present in anyone who has recovered from Covid-19. The antibodies exists in body tissue or the blood, which is why we perform a fingerstick to obtain a small blood sample. Serology tests are useful for detecting cases of Covid-19 infection with mild or no symptoms. Serology tests can be used to survey your home, local community or workplace to see the widespread of the Coronavirus. Childress Nursing Services currently obtains our Covid-19 serology testing kits from companies who have notified the FDA that they will be distributing their serology tests. At this time, the FDA HAS NOT APPROVED any Covid-19 "Coronavirus" testing kits/machines in the US. This includes PCR (molecular) and Serology (antibody) tests. Currently, the FDA has either issued manufacturers, including the CDC, an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) or company has properly notified the FDA of their intent to distribute their serology tests. For more information about these manufacturers, then check out the FDA website link: CLICK HERE

What is Convalescent Plasma Treatment?

Those who have immunity to Covid-19 "Coronavirus" might be able to cure those who are severely ill in a process called Convalescent Plasma Treatments/Infusions. Immunity to Covid-19 can only be confirmed with both Covid-19 Serology/Antibody & Covid-19 PCR/Molecular tests. What is convalescent plasma? The liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from an infection. Antibodies (i.e. IgG, IgM) that are present in convalescent plasma are proteins that might help fight the infection. Why is convalescent plasma being investigated to treat COVID-19? Because there is no approved treatment for COVID-19, there is some information that suggests Convalescent plasma might help some patients recover from COVID-19, which is why convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19. Further investigation is still necessary to determine if convalescent plasma might shorten the duration of illness, reduce morbidity, or prevent deathassociated with COVID-19. FDA statement: "It is possible that convalescent plasma that contains antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) might be effective against the infection," the FDA statement reads. "Use of convalescent plasma has been studied in outbreaks of other respiratory infections, including the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza virus pandemic, 2003 SARS-CoV-1 epidemic, and the 2012 MERS-CoV epidemic. Although promising, convalescent plasma has not been shown to be effective in every disease studied."