FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

RT-qPCR, which is short for reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction can be collected via many techniques. This specimen can be collected through saliva, nasal pharyngeal swabbing, oropharyngeal swabbing, bucal swabbing and anterior neirs.

Checkmate Health requires payment at time of service. The fees listed on our site cover the concierge test visit. There is a separate lab processing fee. As a courtesy to our clients, we submit insurance information to the laboratory if provided at time of registration. Most lab fees are covered by insurance. Check with your individual plan.

In preparation for the test, it is imperative that all personnel receiving the test refrain from consuming anything 30 minutes prior to the test. Seeing as this is a saliva-based test, any oral fluids or content will dilute the sample and compromise the specimen all together. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you refrain from the following:

Water

Gum

Mint

Coffee

Food

Toothbrush

Cigarettes

Vapes

Nasal Spray

Rapid Testing is oftentimes confusing. It’s unreliable and not trusted in the medical community. It’s 30% to 80% accurate at best. Rapid testing is sometimes synonymous with antigen testing because it is so quick, 15 minutes in some cases. Rapid testing is not accepted for pre-surgical clearance or travel at certain international borders. We are not opposed to rapid, antigen testing in conjunction with PCR. But it should not be used as sole testing modality because it does not ensure the safety of the community and does a disservice to public health.

your consent, results will be emailed to the email address that you provide at time of registration. Depending on the package selected, results are yielded in as little as 2 hours to 24-48 hours from time of laboratory drop-off.

Yes! Remote testing can be arranged with proper advanced notification and planning. We will ship test kits and instructions to the location of your choosing, and provide the convenience of overnight return packaging to you as well.

Our RT-qPCR test for active COVID-19 infection has been validated by the FDA to detect active virus in the saliva of individuals who are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. We yield our specimen using a specialized saliva sample collection device. This is an easily deployable option which is safe, effective, and gentle.

Testing Methodology

Our COVID-19 RT-qPCR Test was developed and is performed at a CLIA certified Laboratory. The test is a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) test. It was developed to detect the presence of two separate regions of the SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA and is run on the CFX384 Touch Real-Time PCR Detection System.

Analytical Validation & Performance

COVID-19 RT-qPCR Test was validated under a rigorous IRB-approved protocol that included studies of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, as well as samples from individuals presumed to not have COVID-19.

Test Performance:

Sensitivity: 97.1%

Specificity: 98.2%

Positive Predictive Value: 97.1%

Negative Predictive Value: 98.2%

Yes, we are available 24/7. Results vary state to state.

Each country has their own rules and regulations. We recommended checking with the government website to ensure that you select the best testing to fit your needs.

Checkmate Health Strategies works closely with Phosphorus Laboratories which offers highly sensitive saliva based testing. We find that this is a more gentle method of capture. However, both nasopharyngeal and saliva are very accurate. We recommend saliva testing for clients that have greater than 12 hours for results. We recommend nasopharyngeal swabbing for expedited results and for international travel. Learn More

Checkmate Cheat Sheet

  • RT-qPCR is the BEST possible test.
  • RT-PCR is very good.
  • PCR is good.
  • Antigen test is not recommended, but ok as an adjunctive test.
  • Antibody only confirms previous infection but does not rule out active infection.
  • Remote Testing we mail you a saliva-based kit and an overnight express envelope to the lab (rt-qPCR).

For patients facing financial hardship we offer free and sliding scale emergency testing.

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