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As we continue to tackle the spread of COVID-19, we’re happy to provide a convenient diagnostic test* that you can complete from the comfort of your own home. Simply follow the instructions to collect your saliva sample and get your results within 24 hours after our lab receives your test.
*This test is only for those who are asymptomatic. If you are experiencing any COVID-19-related symptomsCough, fatigue, fever or chills, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell , please contact your medical provider.
You should take this test if:
- You've been exposed to someone with COVID-19
- You recently returned from traveling or plan on traveling in the near future
- Your healthcare provider suggested you get tested
What this test tells you:
Our COVID-19 Test uses RT-PCR technology – the preferred testing method of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) in your cells. In addition to identifying COVID-19, our test can be a helpful tool to track the progression of the infection and confirm when you’re virus-free.
Notch's partner lab has received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA to employ COVID-19 tests.* As recommended by the CDC, we use real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests to qualitatively detect nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). This type of testing is considered more accurate than most “rapid” tests.
Benchmarks for the accuracy PCR testing for COVID-19 have been set by the FDA and must exceed 95 percent at measurable concentrations. The accuracy of Notch’s COVID-19 testing lab exceeds 95 percent sensitivity and 98 percent specificity. The specificity of the RT-PCR is also tested regularly to ensure that newly discovered COVID-19 mutations are detected by the test.
*Please note that this is a diagnostic test, not an antibody test.
1. Activate your kit
After your test kit is delivered to your door, activate it online at www.notch.health/activate using the ID included in your package.
2. Collect your sample
Complete your sample collection by following the step-by-step instructions included in your kit and return it to us with prepaid shipping.
3. Get your results
You’ll receive your test results in 5-10 business days, as soon as they’ve been reviewed by an independent, board-certified physician.
Who is Notch for?
Notch is for anyone over the age of 18 who is looking to complete a lab test from the comfort of their own home. Our health tests cater to those who are looking to pinpoint food sensitivities, vitamin deficiencies, airborne/environmental sensitivities and more.
Do I need a prescription to use Notch?
No, you do not need a prescription. Notch works with a physician network to authorize test requisitions in each state that we offer test kits.
Where do you ship to?
We currently ship to most U.S. addresses and U.S. territories, excluding New York State, New Jersey and Rhode Island. We do not ship to PO Boxes/APO/FPO addresses.
Is my information safe?
Are Notch health tests the same tests you would take in a doctor’s office?
Notch health tests are the same tests as you would take in a doctor's office. Samples are sent to our CLIA-certified lab and analyzed by qualified laboratory technicians. The only difference is the method in which we collect your blood. We collect blood with a capillary blood sample (finger prick) instead of a venous blood sample (taken from the vein).
Is this replacement for visiting a doctor?
If and when possible, we encourage everyone to use their own doctor and health insurance for health tests. Home health testing is often more convenient and flexible than traditional health testing. However, we are not a replacement for visiting a doctor and do not diagnose, prescribe, treat or provide personal medical advice.