COVID-19 Testing for Travel
Edmond: Molecular PCR (RT-PCR) testing is available with results emailed to you in 24- 48 hours. Domestic or international travelers often are required to show a negative test prior to arrival. Check with your airline for specific requirements. A sample is taken from one or both nostrils. Book online or call our office at 405-563-8961 to schedule an appointment. Rapid PCR and Rapid antigen tests are no longer available in the Edmond office.
Broken Arrow: Rapid or non-rapid molecular testing is available. ID NOW rapid molecular test with results in 30 minutes or less by appointment only. Non-rapid molecular test with results emailed to you in 48 – 72 hours. Domestic or international travelers often are required to show a negative test prior to arrival. Check with your airline for specific requirements. Book online or call our office at 918-770-4290 for an appointment. Rapid antigen tests are not available in the Broken Arrow office.
Norman: Molecular PCR (RT-PCR) testing is available with results emailed to you in 24- 48 hours. Domestic or international travelers often are required to show a negative test prior to arrival. Check with your airline for specific requirements. A sample is taken from one or both nostrils. Book online or call our office at 405-563-8961 to schedule an appointment. Rapid PCR and Rapid antigen tests are not available in the Norman office.
Since late December 2020, nurses from Passport Health have administered tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations at hundreds of events throughout Oklahoma.
If you are interested in bringing vaccinations to your workplace, school, church, or a community event please contact our Edmond office at 405-563-8961 or Broken Arrow office at 918-770-4290.
Antibody Testing for COVID-19
Antibody or serology blood tests can show if you’ve been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2; the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.It is not used to detect a current or acute infection, do not take the antibody test if you have had symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Since
The test checks for IgG antibodies that are created after exposure to a disease and typically take 10-14 days to appear in the blood. Testing positive for these antibodies may mean you are less likely to develop the disease again. This antibody test is also sometimes referred to as human coronavirus antibody test, SARS-CoV-2 antibody test, or Anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody test.
Some antibody tests use a blood draw from the arm and others are completed by finger stick. Choosing a COVID-19 antibody test carefully is important as some tests can have false positive rates higher than 50%. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value (PPV) of an antibody test are important in determining which test(s) is most accurate.Be sure you are well-informed before you choose to have an antibody test for yourself, your employees, or others.
If you are considering the test for yourself, your workplace or school please feel welcome to contact our office for recommendations on COVID-19 antibody tests to discuss the benefits and limitations to antibody testing.
Understanding COVID-19 Antibody Results:
- If you test positive:
- More likely than not, antibodies were created after a likely infection with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the disease COVID-19) and your body created an immune response to the virus.
- It is possible to develop antibodies without experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, also known as an asymptomatic infection.
- It is unlikely you have an active infection of COVID-19 if you also have no symptoms.
- If you test negative:
- It is most likely you have not been infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the disease COVID-19).
- It is possible you could have a current infection, especially if you have been exposed to the virus recently. Antibodies may take weeks to develop after exposure to the virus. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should be tested for an active infection (not an antibody test).
- It is possible you have been infected in the past but your body has not yet made antibodies that can be detected. Some people take longer to develop antibodies and some may not develop detectable antibodies.
Benefits and Limitations of COVID-19 Antibody Testing:
- Benefits of the test:
- Testing may help identify if you were previously exposed to SARS-CoV-2 virus by detecting antibodies. A positive test may mean that you have some level of immunity to this virus.
- Individuals who work in healthcare or occupations with higher risk exposure may want to know if they have been exposed.
- If you had a positive test for COVID-19 (active infection) and it has been at least 14 days and now want to know if your body has created antibodies.
- Negative results are highly accurate and can provide context for individuals and employers with decision making.
- Limitations of the test:
- False positives are more likely than false negatives. You should continue to practice frequent hand washing, covering of nose and mouth in public, distancing in public, and other measures to prevent against infection and/or inadvertent spread of COVID-19.
- Medical experts do not know if a positive test means you are immune to the virus and we do not know how long the antibodies will remain. The presence of antibodies does not mean you can’t be re-infected and spread it to others.
- A positive test result can occur because you were infected by other human coronaviruses.
- Antibody tests will not determine if you have an active infection of COVID-19.
- Individuals with a weakened immune system may not develop detectable antibodies even though they were exposed to the virus.