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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Covid-19?

    COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2 affecting both the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill. Most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness. Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. 1.8% of affected patients die from Covid-19.

  • What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

    People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

  • How do people contract Covid-19?

    People are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) through exposure to respiratory fluids carrying infectious virus. Exposure occurs in three main ways: (1) breathing in of very fine droplets and aerosol particles from the breath of an infected person (2) deposition of infected droplets and particles on exposed mucous membranes in the mouth, nose, or eye by direct splashes and sprays from an infected person, and (3) touching mucous membranes with hands that have been soiled either directly by virus-containing respiratory fluids or indirectly by touching surfaces with virus on them.

  • Who needs to get tested for COVID-19?

    If you develop symptoms or are concerned about symptoms you are experiencing or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: You should call your medical provider immediately. Your provider can help make arrangements for you to be tested and give you advice about what to do next. Alternatively, you can register for testing in different testing sites in your area.

  • What tests are used to diagnose COVID-19?

    Currently, there are three main types of diagnostic tests for COVID-19:
    Molecular (RT-PCR) tests, which detect the virus' genetic material.
    Antigen tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus.
    Antibody tests that detect the specific antibody against Covid-19 virus in the blood.
    Molecular and antigen tests can detect if you have an active coronavirus infection. If you test positive on either type of test, you should follow the CDC's guidelines to protect yourself and others.
    Molecular and antigen tests are performed using samples taken mostly from the nose and throat using a long swab, or other respiratory specimens.
    Antibody tests are performed using a blood drop taken from a finger stick know as point-of-care antibody test or from a blood draw sent to a specialized lab.

  • What is Sienna Covid-19 Antigen test?

    The Sienna COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Cassettes is a rapid point-of-care chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of COVID-19 antigen in Nasopharyngeal swab. The identification is based on the monoclonal antibodies specific for the Nucleocapsid spiked protein of SARS-CoV-2. This test will be conducted by a healthcare provider and offers results easy to interpret in less than 10-15 minutes with over 96% accuracy rates.

  • What is Sienna Covid-19 Antibody test?

    The Sienna COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassettes are designed to detect the presents of IgG and IgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in blood, serum, or plasma samples. The test is intended to identify individuals with an adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2. This test offers results easy to interpret in less than 10-15 minutes with over 96% accuracy rates. Different types of antibodies may be present if one has an active infection or had a Covid-19 infection in the past.

  • How to protect yourself and others from Covid-19?

    Pay attention to personal hygiene Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    Don’t touch your face. This is a lot harder than it sounds and requires conscious effort. The average person touches their face 23 times an hour, and about half of the time, they’re touching their mouth, eyes, or nose — the mucosal surfaces that COVID-19 infects.
    Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or upper arm.
    Stay home if you are feeling sick and seek appropriate medical guidance.
    Practice “social distancing.” Stay at least six feet away from others — the distance respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze are thought to travel. Protect yourself by staying out of range. Don’t hug or shake hands. If you have to meet with someone in person, stay at least six feet apart, and find an alternative greeting.
    Make a conscious effort to avoid crowds.
    Wear a mask. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a non- medical-grade, cloth face covering in public settings where it may be difficult to maintain social distancing, such as grocery stores. This is because we now know that people infected with the virus are most contagious during the 72 hours before they develop symptoms. In addition, a significant number of other individuals who are infected with the virus remain asymptomatic but able to infect others.
    Keep surfaces clean such as countertops, kitchen tables, desktops and other places where respiratory droplets could land.
    This virus is likely to be with us for many months or years, so developing these habits is a good long- term strategy for keeping our community healthy.