Coronavirus/COVID-19 and IV Therapy FAQs

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Many patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing). However, limited information is currently available to characterize the full spectrum of clinical illness associated with COVID-19. Based on what is known about the virus that causes COVID-19, signs and symptoms may appear any time from 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Based on preliminary data, the median incubation period is approximately 5 days, but may range 2-14 days. Public health officials have identified cases of COVID-19 infection throughout the world, including the United States, which may pose risks for public health. Please check the CDC webpage for the most up to date information.

What does it mean if the specimen tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19?

Many patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed a fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing). However, limited information is currently available to characterize the full spectrum of a clinical illness associated with COVID-19. Based on what is known about the virus that causes COVID-19, signs, and symptoms may appear at any time from 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Based on preliminary data, the median incubation period is approximately 5 days but may range 2-14 days. Public health officials have identified cases of COVID-19 infection throughout the world, including the United States, which may pose risks for public health. Please check the CDC webpage for the most up to date information.

What does it mean if the specimen tests negative for the virus that causes COVID-19?

A negative test result for this test means that SARS-CoV-2 RNA was not present in the specimen above the limit of detection. However, a negative result does not rule out COVID-19 and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions. A negative result does not exclude the possibility of COVID-19. When diagnostic testing is negative, the possibility of a false negative result should be considered in the context of a patient’s recent exposures and the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The possibility of a false negative result should especially be considered if the patient’s recent exposures or clinical presentation indicate that COVID-19 is likely, and diagnostic tests for other causes of illness (e.g., other respiratory illness) are negative. If COVID-19 is still suspected based on exposure history together with other clinical findings, re-testing should be considered by healthcare providers in consultation with public health authorities.

What if I need to visit a health care provider for Coronavirus?

If you are feeling sick with flu-like symptoms, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center. If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator the exact symptoms you are experiencing so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.

What about routine, elective or non-urgent medical appointments?

Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must/should be cancelled or rescheduled. If possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what services they are providing.

Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who require assistance to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has disabilities?

Yes. Be sure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least six feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and then washing your hands. If you have early signs of a cold, please stay away from your older loved ones.

Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facilities?

Generally no. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities except at the end-of-life. This is difficult, but necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients.

How is The Cure IV helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 when visiting patients/clients?

Our nurses who are treating clients without symptoms or known exposure to the coronavirus are practicing strict quarantine precautions. The nurses will arrive in N95 masks with all patients that remain on during the entire appointment. The nurses are seeing a maximum of 4 patients in a 12 hour day, allowing enough time to go home, shower, change scrubs in between every appointment. We have other nurses who work primarily in Emergency Departments or other hospital departments who are able to care for COVID-19 positive patients. These nurses are separate from the nurses who are caring for healthy clients who have not been exposed to COVID-19.

Do The Cure IV nurses wear masks and gloves?

Yes, all of our nurses will be wearing N95 masks and gloves during all appointments. We can provide them to you as well.

Will having a mobile IV nurse come to my house increase my risk of COVID-19/Coronavirus infection?

Our nurses are being given additional time in between appointments so they are able to go home to shower, change scrubs, and disinfect their equipment. Our nurses are wearing N95 masks during all appointments as well.

Will your IV therapy nurses provide a mask for me?

We are adequately supplied with the proper equipment. N95 masks will be provided to all nurses and patients as necessary.

What happens if a nurse on your team is infected with COVID-19/Coronavirus?

Any nurse that has been exposed to a COVID-19 patient without the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) will be practicing self quarantine and therefore will not be seeing patients for at least 14 days. At the first sign of symptoms for our medical professionals, they are to be tested and as supplies allow periodically even without symptoms.

What precautions do The Cure IV nurses take to prevent infection when giving me the IV therapy?

Along with mandatory uniform change, shower and disinfection of equipment; our nurses are wearing the required gloves and N95 masks. They are advised to not bring their personal belongings (such as purse, planner, etc.) into the appointment and only the necessary equipment along with their mode of transportation security key.

How does The Cure IV clean IV equipment?

We have disinfectant wipes, chlorhexidine wipes, bleach wipes, etc. that are used on our equipment before and after every patient uses it. The CDC directs the cleaning agents approved by the EPA used according to manufacturer’s directions as adequate to sanitize instruments and surfaces.

COVID-19 lgG & IgM Antibodies

Who can order this test?

Physicians, prescribing medical professionals, or patients that can have their blood drawn by a healthcare professional.

How can I get tested?

A digital intake form must be completed. A doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant will contact you for a consultation. After the consultation, the provider may order an antibody test and or nasal swab as medically necessary based on symptoms, risk factors, and likelihood of exposure.

What is Antibody IgM?

Upon infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the patient’s immune system tries to fight the virus by producing blood circulating molecules known as antibodies. IgM is a class of antibodies that appear 3-5 days after infection.

What is Antibody IgG?

Upon infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the patient’s immune system tries to fight the virus by producing blood circulating molecules known as antibodies. IgG is a second class of antibodies that appears around 21 days after infection.

Is your test an at-home test?

No. If a test is ordered after your consultation, a mobile phlebotomist or nurse from a network of service providers will arrive to obtain your specimen. The specimen is transported to CLIA certified lab that is CAP accredited. Testing processes and results are conducted and provided by a 3rd party laboratory.

What is the clinical specificity of this test?

97.50%

What is the clinical sensitivity of this test?

89.89%

If a patient shows the presence of antibodies, does this mean they cannot become infected with the virus in the future?

The strength of each person’s immune system varies. It is thought that a person may develop immune defense once they develop IgG antibodies. We are not certain at this time as controlled tests and studies are limited.

Is the testing method authorized by the FDA?

The Antibodies Test IgG and IgM tests are run on the fully automated Diazyme DZ-Lite 3000 Plus chemiluminescence analyzer. These tests are being conducted under FDA guidelines in a CLIA Certified Lab. The Diazyme serological test notification is now listed on FDA’s website under “FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2”

How long are the antibodies present in your system?

It is projected that the antibodies will remain present in your system for a significant amount of time. However, the exact time is not currently known.

What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

How long will it take to receive results?

We expect to get the results in 36-48 hours from when the lab receives the specimen.

How do I receive my results?

Depending on the outcome of your test, your provider will call you or send you your results digitally.

Does The Cure IV accept insurance or HSA for this testing?

Not at this time.

Nucleic Acid Testing Method TEST [C19]

Do you offer a test to detect the presence of the 2019 novel coronavirus?

Yes. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAA C19 detects the presence of the underlying virus (SARS­ CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 and is for use with patients who meet current guidance for evaluation of infection with COVID-19.

What is the test methodology for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAA?

This is a qualitative test using PCR technology.

How is the test done?

A nasal or Nasopharyngeal(NP) swab submitted is taken by a licensed medical professional in viral transport media.

How long will it take to report results back?

Up to 3-4 days from receiving samples at our laboratory.

How will ordering physicians be notified of positive results?

Positive results will be treated as a critical result and will be called to the ordering physician or health care provider. Indeterminate results and negative results will not be called.

Will positive COVID-19 results be reported to local and state public health entities?

Yes.

Will you send positive tests to the CDC or state health labs for confirmatory testing?

Yes.

Does a negative result from the COVID-19 test mean that a patient is definitely not infected?