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SARS-CoV-2 is a novel, single strand RNA virus that causes COVID-19.  Testing for SARS-CoV-2 does not require you to travel to your doctors office or a lab site.  You may do it easily from home.  We are now able to ship a collection kit directly to you which has easy to understand instructions and a return label included.
You will receive the home kit within 1-2 business days (within the continental US) after ordering and you should then expect results between 5-7 business days after it is returned.  The doctor will call you with results as soon as they are available.  Your results will also stay available for you to view on our secure and private online patient portal.
We are able to ship anywhere in the United States or Canada.


Symptomology Related to COVID-19

Some people with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic carriers of the disease, while others exhibit varying degrees of the following common symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Gastrointestinal Complaints
    • Diarrhea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Vomiting
  • Anorexia (loss of appetite)
  • Diminished or lost sense of taste
  • Diminished or lost sense of smell
The SARS-CoV-2 stool test uses RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription - Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in stool and screen for SARS-CoV-2.  Although this is the strand which causes COVID-19, a positive SARS-CoV-2 Stool Analysis is not diagnostic of COVID-19.  COVID-19 can only be diagnosed with a positive SARS-CoV-2 result from a respiratory sample.
Evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 is detectable in stool and its presence in stool may last for up to five weeks after clearance from the respiratory tract. A recent article published in Lancet states:

"Our data suggest the possibility of extended duration of viral shedding in faeces, for nearly 5 weeks after the patients' respiratory samples tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 RNA. Although knowledge about the viability of SARS-CoV-2 is limited, the virus could remain viable in the environment for days, which could lead to faecal-oral transmission, as seen with severe acute respiratory virus CoV and Middle East respiratory syndrome CoV. Therefore, routine stool sample testing with real-time RT-PCR is highly recommended after the clearance of viral RNA in a patient's respiratory samples. Strict precautions to prevent transmission should be taken for patients who are in hospital or self-quarantined if their faecal samples test positive."*

*"Prolonged Presence of SARS-CoV-2 Viral RNA in Faecal Samples", last modified March 19, 2020, accessed March 30, 2020.

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