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Who are you and why are you doing this?

My name is Eric Friedland MD.  I am board certified and practiced Emergency Medicine for 25 years.  I live in Seattle and I am providing this service to help people navigate this pandemic.  I am running this out of my mostly empty hotel to control costs. Please be considerate of guests.  You may be asking why is the federal government not doing this?     The answer to that will be answered in early November.

Do you take insurance?  How do I pay?

I do not accept insurance.    There is very little margin after PPE, supplies, labor and lab costs.  I am a solo operation. I do not have employees for billing and there is no way for me to manage this.  Consider getting PCR testing at King County Public health as they have free testing and will be able to run your bill through your insurance.

Do I need symptoms to be tested? 

No.   Our main goal is test to asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people.   Many of our clients desire testing to travel, work or visit vulnerable people.   If you have symptoms, remain in your car, you will self administer this test.

Antibody or PCR SWAB?

We do both, same price, $129.   PCR swab is a swab that goes in the nose and looks for viral RNA.   People carry this virus for around 8-10 days.  But people have maximum virus 1-2 days before symptoms start.

Are you FDA approved?

Our Lab is US Biotek in shoreline, FDA/CLIA certified for 20 years.  We offer both PCR (Covid test) and antibody test, both authorized by FDA.    Antibody testing can be done with either ROCHE or Diazyme out to of San Diego.  Both are available.   We prefer the Diazyme which now has FDA authorization. This gives us two antibodies IgG and IgM and also a titer, which we prefer.

Where can I get a Free Test?

We believe testing should be free and available everywhere.   The reality is that it is difficult to get a free test. You can find it and King County Public Health is running two testing centers  that are located in emissions testing facilities and they have other locations and days.   Technically you are supposed to have one symptoms to get tested.    Here is a link to their testing site location page for King County.

How long to get results?

We try to collect tests in the morning and drop at our lab by noon.  they run 130-630PM and we usually get results by 7PM.  Sometimes the results do NOT come back until next day and we do not have control over this.  But generally, Monday-Friday, same day.

I was in contact with someone who has COVID. When should I get tested? 

This is an excellent question. It appears people are most infectious 1-2 days before onset of symptoms.    They remain infectious for less than 10 days, typically less than 8 days.      Incubation period is 2-7 days, with average of 5 days. It may be the best idea to wait 5 days after exposure and you may need two negative PCR swabs over 10-14 days.

Does this PCR test qualify for travel to a State, Country, University and will I get a copy?

I believe the answer is yes. This is RT-PCR which is  considered the gold standard.   I will email you a copy.  This is from US Biotek (where we run the test) in Shoreline:  
About This Test 
The United States FDA has provided emergency use authorization (EUA) of this test for testing human upper and lower respiratory swab specimens. 
This test is not yet approved or cleared by the FDA as IVD (In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device). When there are no FDA-approved or cleared tests available, and other criteria are met, the FDA can make tests available under an emergency access mechanism called an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The EUA for this test is supported by the Secretary of Health and Human Service’s declaration that circumstances exist to justify the emergency use of vitro diagnostics for the detection and/or diagnosis of the virus that causes COVID-19. This EUA will remain in effect, meaning this test can be used, for the duration of the COVID-19 declaration justifying emergency use of IVDs, unless it is terminated or revoked by the FDA, after which the test may no longer be used. 
The test performance has been validated by US BioTek Laboratories according to high-complexity testing under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). The sensitivity of the assay is dependent on the quality of the specimen collected for testing. 
US BioTek is required to report SARS-CoV-2 RNA RT-PCR test results to appropriate public health