HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Are you showing no signs of COVID-19 but want to be tested just to be sure?
Huntsville Hospital Health System and Kailos Genetics, a HudsonAlpha Resident Associate Company, are pleased to offer COVID-19 testing to individuals in the Huntsville area through the Kailos Assure Peace of Mind Program.
The program is designed for non-symptomatic individuals who want to know if they are carrying the COVID-19 virus.
“The Peace of Mind Program was set up at the Huntsville Medical Mall for those people that are not showing symptoms and have not had a high risk incident but want to get tested and want that peace of mind,” said Chief Scientific Officer with Kailos Genetics Troy Moore.
The Peace of Mind COVID-19 test will be available for anyone in the Huntsville area interested in getting tested. “Figure out who is positive, who is negative, who is shedding the virus who is not. I think we need lots of different avenues for that.”
The test won’t be covered through insurance and costs $55 per test. This test is only for people showing no symptoms. Anyone experiencing COVID symptoms will still need to utilize the traditional methods of testing.
The good news, this test requires no nasal swabs. “It uses our water wash methodology which is basically a tube of salt water. You gargle with it and swish it around your mouth and spit it back in the same tube.”
“It does take 24-48 hours to get your results back to you. That is because it is going through a very strenuous process that is very sensitive low rates of false positives and false negatives.”
Kailos will process the tests utilizing its proprietary testing platform which has been compared to the gold standard RT-PCR tests and was determined to have similar results: high sensitivity to detect SARS-CoV-2, with low false positives and low false negatives.
Kailos has submitted information to the FDA requesting an Emergency Use Authorization. In the meantime, the company is authorized to provide testing but encourages people to still practice proper safety measures.
“If you do feel unsure of your status now you can get tested but don’t let that replace doing the right things that you’re supposed to do all the time.”
HH Health System will also communicate the results directly to individuals.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the Huntsville Hospital Laboratory at (256) 265-2522 and choose option 2.