COVID-19 testing is vital to learning about the virus and helping to prevent the spread of the disease. As a full clinical reference laboratory, TOPLAB® offers direct-to-consumer COVID testing to help people in New Jersey safely travel and gather together. We advanced technology and a wealth of expertise to deliver fast and dependable COVID test results.
What is COVID-19?
The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes the coronavirus, or COVID-19, disease. The infection spreads in tiny liquid particles from an individual’s mouth or nose whenever they breathe, cough, sneeze, or talk. Many people who contract COVID-19 experience mild or moderate respiratory sickness and recover. Those with preexisting health conditions, the elderly, and other patients may become critically ill and require enhanced medical assistance. However, COVID-19 can be fatal for any person, regardless of age or health status.
Coronavirus patients typically experience symptoms within five to six days of infection, but it can take up to 14 days in some cases. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Muscle or body pain
- Congestion or a runny nose
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Skin rashes
- Nausea or vomiting
- A loss of smell or taste
COVID-19 Testing Options
At TOPLAB®, we conduct diagnostic and antibody COVID tests. Each offers different insights into whether or not a person is infected or has been exposed to the virus.
Currently, antigen and PCR tests are the only methods for determining if a person is infected with SARS-CoV-2. Our lab technicians conduct these tests using nasal swabs and oral swab kits. A trained professional will administer your nasal swab test, giving you peace of mind about the process.
We also perform antibody (serology) testing at our lab to provide individuals with information about possible exposure to COVID-19. These tests look for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in a sample of the patient’s blood. An absence of protective antibodies indicates the person has not been exposed to the virus while developing antibodies signify exposure.
While COVID antibody tests are resourceful for developing treatment plans, patients must understand that they cannot diagnose or rule out a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Additionally, positive results may stem from a past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 strains of the coronavirus, like HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.
Why Choose TOPLAB® for COVID-19 Testing?
COVID-19 affects multiple facets of everyday living, from work to dining out. Rapid testing is necessary to achieve a balance between preventing the spread of the disease and continuing to do participate in the activities you enjoy. As a small lab with premium equipment, TOPLAB® can cater to individual client needs and deliver fast, accurate results. We also accept a wide range of insurance policies to provide clients with peace of mind about using our lab services.
Schedule Your Test Today
TOPLAB® is one of the most trusted laboratories for providers, employers, and consumers in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. Contact us today to learn more about direct-to-consumer COVID testing and the other screenings we offer.