Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This virus is spread mainly from person to person, typically through respiratory droplets from breathing, coughing, sneezing, or talking.
Common symptoms of those infected include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of smell and taste. While most people have mild symptoms, some people have developed much more serious symptoms including multi-organ failure, septic shock, and blood clots.
The time from exposure to symptoms is typically around 5 days, but may range from 2-14 days.
Testing at Pacific Rim Pathology
In these trying times we realize that the pandemic has created a need for expanded testing that will not be met by national laboratories alone. Hospitals unable to fulfill their own testing needs will require additional support. It is in this testing vacuum where a local CLIA and CAP accredited laboratory can truly meet the needs of its community.
Our team of highly trained pathologists has been serving San Diego for more than twenty five years. Let us help you navigate the shifting landscape from COVID-19.
At Pacific Rim Pathology we offer two versions of testing for COVID-19 detection; the comprehensive PCR Test and the Antibody (Serology) Test.
The PCR Test looks for evidence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the nose, throat or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine whether a person has a currently active infection.
The Antibody (Serology) Test looks for antibodies formed to fight off infection against SARS-CoV-2 in the patient’s blood. This is used to determine whether there was a past infection.
To ensure that we can continue to provide excellent patient care, please review our COVID-19 fact sheet(s) for providers and/or patients below for information about the potential risks and benefits in using the SARS-CoV-2 assay or our Antibody test.