Frequently Asked Questions About US Health COVID-19 Testing

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What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; or at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell. You may have other symptoms. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.

I do not feel sick, can I still get tested?

Yes. Because of the community spread of COVID-19 some people may be infected without demonstrating symptoms. Therefore, at the US Health testing site, you can come and get tested even if you are not showing signs of being sick.

How often can I get tested?

Every week if you feel you have been further exposed.

What treatments are available for COVID-19?

Currently there are no FDA-approved drugs specifically for the treatment of COVID-19. Researchers are studying new drugs, and drugs that are already approved for other health conditions, as possible treatments for COVID-19. The FDA is working with drug manufacturers, researchers, and other partners to accelerate the development process for COVID-19 treatments.

How long does it take to get test results?

Results are generally available within 4-5 days and will be emailed to you and you can visit

Why do I have to give my insurance information?

In March 2020, the U.S. Congress passed and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires governmental and private insurance plans to cover the cost of COVID-19 testing in full. While Congress set aside funds to test the uninsured, if you have insurance, you do not have to pay co-pays or deductibles for testing, but your insurance company covers the cost of testing.

Is this an Antibody test?

No. This is an PCR antigen test that determines if you presently have the SARS-CoV2 virus in your system that causes COVID-19. The PCR tests currently being used to diagnose active cases of COVID-19 can only indicate the presence of viral genetic material during the period of active infection and do not indicate if a person was infected and subsequently recovered.

What is an Antibody test?

Antibody, or serology tests are blood-based tests that can be used to identify whether people have been exposed to a particular pathogen by looking at their antibodies, or specific proteins produced by the body in response to an infection. Serology tests can be helpful in determining whether someone was infected in the past with the coronavirus, whether or not they ever developed symptoms of the disease.

Are Antibodies effective in preventing or treating COVID-19?

A: No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. Antibiotics do not prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19), because COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not bacteria. Some patients with COVID-19 may also develop a bacterial infection, such as pneumonia. In that case, a health care professional may treat the bacterial infection with an antibiotic.

Can I get an Antibody test?

Soon US Health will provide antibody testing. We are launching an Antibody test program in conjunction with an FDA research program.

Can I test my young children?

Yes. There is no age limit on who can be tested. However, you will need a medical reason to test an infant who is not showing symptoms of illness.

Of course it is legal and our medical professionals are licensed with the appropriate State of California Medical Boards.

How accurate are the results?

The test results are very accurate if enough of the virus is present in your system. However, during the first 3-4 days of infection the virus may not have replicated enough to be detected yet.

Are these tests FDA approved?

Yes the FDA has formally evaluated the PCR testing method prior to use and has published an Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 testing.

Where can I get tested?

US Health has several testing site available for you to get COVID-19 testing. See the webpage for locations and hours of operation.

Why is US Healh doing this?

We are doing this at no-cost to the public becase our Directors believe that slowing the spread of COVID-19 requires testing the entire public to find the asymptomatic carriers of the virus who are spreading it throughout our community. We believe that if we save at least one life it was all worth it.

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