Frequently Asked Questions
Is GeneIQ Accredited?
Gene-IQ is a CLIA Licensed laboratory with extensive experience in infectious disease testing. Our lab currently offers COVID-19 testing under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
How accurate is the GeneIQ test?
The COVID-19 RT-PCR test was shown to have sensitivity and specificity exceeding 95%.
What will my test results tell me?
Your test results will confirm whether or not you are infected with SARS-CoV-2. If your results are positive, it is important to limit your exposure to other people and to continue to monitor your symptoms. If your results are negative, the virus was not present in the sample you provided. However, it is important to note that the virus may not be detected if the sample was not collected as directed. If you have reason to believe you have been exposed, it is important to follow up with a healthcare provider for further evaluation or to get re-tested.
After receiving your results, your physician of record can answer any questions you may have and help determine the next steps of care.
What is the difference between this test and the antibody test?
There are two types of tests that can be administered for COVID-19. One is to determine if you currently have the virus and the other, commonly known as the antibody test, is to determine if you have previously had the virus (serology).
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain, irregular heartbeat
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you feel that you are seriously ill, please notify a healthcare professional and if you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
How is COVID-19 Treated?
There is currently no treatment for COVID-19. For severe cases, hospitalization and respiratory support may be required. Mild cases are treated by managing symptoms with over-the-counter medicines for fever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), plenty of fluids, and rest. Always consult with a medical professional.
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What is Pharmacogenomics?
By combining Pharmacology (the science of drugs) and Genomics (the study of genes), Pharmacogenomics (or Pharmacogenetics) is the study of genetic variations that cause a variable drug response. The four key areas of study are drug transporters, drug metabolizing enzymes, drug receptors, and genetic polymorphism. This type of testing methodology (also known as PGx) analyzes genes to get an insight into how the body will metabolize specific medications, which aids physicians in prescribing optimally effective, safe medications and dosages suited to an individual’s genetic makeup. This process has become increasingly popular for patients who don’t want to risk the traditional “prescribe and try” or “trial and error” methods of modern medicine.
What is Cancer genomic testing?
Cancer genomic testing (also referred to as CGx) looks for certain variants and mutations in genes that can increase the risk for developing certain types of cancer. Mutations (or changes in genes) play an important role in the development of cancer as they determine if a cell makes the proteins that affect how the cell grows and divides. Genetic testing is helpful in determining if a family member has inherited the same variant as a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer. This type of testing is advised for people with a strong family history who want to be proactive in taking measures for early detection and prevention. A prime example is testing for hereditary mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that may increase the risk of breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer in women.
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