Tag Archives: COVID-19

School is (Almost) Back In-Session

Return To School Safely As we continue through the dog days of summer, many parents, teachers and administrators are shifting gears to back-to-school season, and thinking about what in-person learning may look like amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing students will be key for schools looking to re-open, as many primary and secondary education students are […]

What Is a PCR COVID Test and When Do You Need One?

What is a PCR COVID Test and How Does it Work? A polymerase chain reaction, or PCR test is used to find genetic material from an organism, like the COVID-19 virus. Using a thermal cycler and specific chemicals, the test is the most accurate one we have today to detect the novel coronavirus. Even as […]

How Long After Exposure to COVID-19 before you Test Positive for COVID?

How Long After Exposure to COVID-19 before you Test Positive for COVID? Being exposed to COVID-19 can be a nerve-wracking experience. Not only are you not sure if you’ve caught the novel coronavirus and potentially exposed others, but you’re also wondering what you should do next. Should you simply quarantine for two weeks? Should you […]

Return to Summer Travel, Activities and Celebrations

The time has finally come where COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted across the country and for the first time in over a year we are able to get together with friends and family, attend big events, and travel. While vaccination rates are continuing to increase, there is also the risk of the new Delta variant […]

First US trial cruise returns to PortMiami after testing COVID safety protocols

Channel 7 News Miami Broadcast video MIAMI (WSVN) – After a two-night trip, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas has returned to port. The cruise ship returned to PortMiami early Tuesday morning after setting sail with around 600 vaccinated volunteer employees. The employees acted as passengers so Royal Caribbean could test COVID-19 safety protocols. Some of […]

BioReference Laboratories Announces First COVID-19 Testing Program for Cruise Industry

MIAMI, June 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — BioReference Laboratories, Inc., an OPKO Health company (NASDAQ: OPK), today announced a COVID-19 testing program for U.S. based crew and guests who cruise with Royal Caribbean Group, helping provide a safe environment for travelers. Under the agreement, unvaccinated guests will be required to undergo rapid, point-of-care PCR COVID-19 prior to embarking. These guests will […]

How is COVID-19 Test Specimen Collected?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of diagnostic testing has been top of mind. Testing can help healthcare providers identify infected patients more quickly, and thus help slow the spread of the virus. But, patients may be left wondering, how is the test specimen collected? Is it painful? What should be expected in the collection […]

How Do COVID-19 Rapid Tests Work and How Accurate Are They?

COVID-19 Testing remains an important tool to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, even as a vaccine rollout continues. One of the best options for quickly determining if you have the virus is taking a Rapid Test. Using a sample obtained from your nasal cavity, a Rapid Test can offer a result in about […]

Different Types of COVID-19 Tests: Antigen vs. Antibody vs. Molecular

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard about the importance of testing and how it can help slow the spread of the virus. From antigen to molecular to antibody, there are different types of COVID-19 tests out there, which can potentially cause some confusion. Which test – if any – is necessary for you, especially considering […]

COVID-19 Test After Vaccine: Do I Really Need One?

With multiple vaccines now available to protect adults and some minors against COVID-19, we’re closer than ever to bringing an end to this global pandemic. Being fully vaccinated doesn’t mean you no longer need to test for the coronavirus, though. Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend immunized people still take […]