COVID-19 infections from recent variant strains are spreading across the U.S. with alarming rate, but most laboratories now can’t identify whether someone has been infected by a specific variant.
OUR LABORATORY CAN. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHICH VARIANT YOU HAVE.
If you have tested positive and would like to know which variant of SARS-CoV-2 you have, please contact us for further information.
Variants with specific genetic markers, according to the CDC, have been associated with changes to receptor binding, reduced neutralization by antibodies generated against previous infection or vaccination, reduced efficacy of treatments, potential diagnostic impact, or predicted increase in transmissibility or disease severity. Scientists are now working to learn if new variants can:
Spread more easily from person-to-person
Cause milder or more severe disease in people
Be detected by currently available viral tests
Respond to medicines currently being used to treat COVID-19
Change the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines