Frequently Asked Questions
What is Xera Med Research?
Xera Med Research is a private research lab in Boca Raton (with a satellite location in Fort Lauderdale) who services Pharma and Diagnostics Research & Development efforts. We are an FDA regulated and IRB approved research facility established in 2015. Our main objective in offering testing is to identify COVID-19 positive patients to donate plasma or blood for clinical research purposes.
What is COVID-19?
Why would I want to know if I have COVID-19 antibodies?
For starters, knowing that you have COVID-19 antibodies tells you that you have had the virus and your immune system was able to handle the virus, possibly without you even noticing any symptoms.
How much does the COVID-19 PCR swab test administered by Xera Med Research costs?
What is the difference between COVID-19 PCR swab test and COVID-19 ANTIBODIES test?
How is COVID-19 ANTIBODIES test done?
Xera Med Research performs venipuncture blood draw to obtain blood for the antibody test. We collect 3-4 vials of blood, all in a single draw. This is very similar to going to your doctor for routine blood tests. We use some of the vials to perform the antibodies tests and the other ones are used for research.
How long does it take to get my results?
COVID-19 PCR test (swab) standard turnaround time is 3-5 busienss days.
How will my test results be delivered?
Your test results are confidential and protected by HIPAA. We will call you with your results. If you require physical document showing your test result, let us know and we will email it to you.
Who can get tested for COVID-19 ANTIBODIES and/or COVID-19 PCR (nose swab) at Xera Med Research?
Xera Med Research services adults 18 years old and up.
What COVID-19 ANTIBODIES tests does Xera Med Research use?
Xera Med Research only uses the most reliable InBios for the ELISA test which has the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). There are several tests that received FDA EUA (such as Epitope’s kit NOT used by Xera) that have their EUA revoked for discrepancies in testing. Please keep this in mind should you choose to get tested at another lab. For more information on these tests and their manufacturers, please review their websites.
I’ve heard on the news that antibodies tests at other labs are not accurate. What about Xera’s tests?
Xera Med Research uses the most reliable and sensitive tests available with accuracy rate of 99.8%. We do not make the test and we put our trust in the FDA’s review and guidelines for EUA. It is known globally that there are discrepancies even with FDA EUA tests – used by other laboratories and the sensitivity of the test can vary. Regardless, we are required to report all results to the DOH.
What is ELISA?
ELISA, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, is an analytical biochemistry assay. The assay uses a solid-phase enzyme immunoassay (EIA) to detect the presence of a ligand (commonly a protein) in a liquid sample using antibodies directed against the protein to be measured. ELISA has been used as a diagnostic tool in medicine, plant pathology, and biotechnology, as well as a quality control check in various industries.
Why does my lab report say SARS-CoV2?
The name of the virus is in fact SARS-CoC2 which is the same as COVID-19. Your lab report with show if you have either the IgM or IgG antibodies or both. For more virology information please contact your healthcare provider.
What is the COVID-19 ANTIBODIES test?
Antibody tests, a type of serological test, detect antibodies present in the blood when the body is responding to or has responded to a specific infection, such as COVID-19. Antibody tests detect the body’s immune response to the infection caused by the virus rather than detecting the virus itself.
Is the COVID-19 antibody test used by Xera Med Research FDA approved?
Our test method platforms have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). EUA does not mean FDA “approved” – FDA approval requires years of research, validation and numerous clinical trials.
Why is COVID-19 antibody testing important?
What's the big deal about antibodies?
What is the COVID-19 PCR (nose swab) test?
COVID-19 PCR test is a nose swab test performed by collecting physical pieces of virus from the back of the nose. This test can detect if you currently have an active COVID-19 virus in your system.
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Our nesting boxes can fit 4 birds, so a box set can hold a total of 16 birds.
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