Swabs through labs that accept insurance are covered 100%.
Blood draw for antibodies available.
Small charge for swab or blood draw.
Swabs available depending on lab chosen. Respiratory panels available.
Blood draw for antibodies available.
What tests are available?
Swab (nose / mouth) -- 48-72 hour turnaround
Rapid Antibody Test (fingerstick) -- 15 minute turnaround
Send-Out Antibody Test (blood draw) -- 48-72 hour turnaround
Which test should I do?
If you currently have symptoms, you will want to do a swab or rapid antibody test (fingerstick). You need to have symptoms for 3 days before doing the rapid antibody test.
If you have previously been sick, you can do a rapid antibody test (fingerstick), but we recommend doing the Send-Out Antibody Test (blood draw).
What is a respiratory panel?
A respiratory panel includes multiple pathogens on their testing in addition to COVID-19.
COVID-19 infections are frequently accompanied by a second viral infection, and the respiratory panel can tell you which viruses you are carrying.
Pathogens tested include viruses (Flu, RSV, etc) and bacteria (Pseudomonas, Haemophilus, etc). Each lab has a unique panel and cost.
A COVID-19 test only gives you the result for the novel COVID-19 virus.
How do you test for COVID-19?
The COVID-19 sample is taken via nasal or oropharyngeal swab. This means we swab either your nose or your throat, depending on the type of test kit or your preference.
How long do the results take to get back?
It takes approximately 3-5 days to get results, and this is getting faster over time. Shipping / Pick-Up takes 24 hours. In-lab testing requires 48-72 hours. Processing Results / Fax 24 hours.
How much does testing cost?
See above for our swab fee and testing cost. The government has said that testing is free. It is free if you get tested through the state department.
Why are you charging people to be swabbed?
I am a small business, and I have to pay my employees. I do not (and cannot) receive money from lab companies to collect samples or send off tests, so I must charge for my staff's time and expertise as well as their risk to the virus.
Is there a drive-thru option?
Yes, we are doing our best to provide a drive-thru or drive-up option to get tested. When you arrive, you should text or call my office. We will come to the car to meet you. 512-829-1104 Please include the color, make, and model of your car.
How can I protect myself from other sick people with COVID-19 while I get tested?
If we test you in your car, your exposure will be non-existent. Our staff will be protecting themselves from exposure, which in turns protects you from them. The outdoor air is great at diluting and carrying away viral particles, so you should not be close enough to anyone in order to be exposed while getting tested.
How can I protect your staff from contracting COVID-19 from me?
When they swab you, please do your best to cough or sneeze in the opposite direction of my staff. If you feel it coming on, please turn your head and cough into the crease of your elbow. Sometimes this can't be controlled, so my staff will be taking precautions to prevent exposure.
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Invite to Dr. Oubre’s Live Video Q&A session on COVID-19
Flu Vaccines are controversial. Anti-Vaxxers say all vaccines are bed. Conventional medicine says everyone should get the flu vaccine. Who do you believe? The truth is somewhere in the middle, and you need to make the right decision for you and your family.
Rapid COVID-19 testing for active infection is now available. Find out if you are positive for COVID-19 in 15 minutes with a nasal swab. Learn more about testing pricing.
7/3/20 – COVID-19 Testing Options!
I am frequently asked about which test someone needs to get and how long it takes. Here is a video that will help you understand which test to do and why as well as turnaround time. Learn more about testing pricing.
7/2/20 – COVID-19 rapid swabs coming soon!
http://oubremedical.com/covid-19-testingI have placed my order for a Rapid Antigen testing machine, and we should have it ready to go by before August! Learn more about testing pricing.
6/30/20 – COVID-19 Action Plan
My team and I developed an action plan to help people battle against COVID-19. We have 3 tiers to our action plan: GREEN: Preventive Plan YELLOW: Mild Symptoms of COVID-19 RED: Moderate / Severe Symptoms of COVID-19 Download our COVID-19 action plan by signing up on the form above. PS. Image intentionally blurry. You have to sign up to get it!
6/29/20 – COVID-19 strikes back!
In Texas, we have been comfortably safe from COVID-19 with strikingly low numbers. In the past several weeks, the “second wave” has finally hit us, and we are at record numbers!
I will be posting more updates now that COVID-19 is rising!
5/22/20 – COVID-19 does NOT attack your lungs
COVID-19 attacks your hemoglobin, which in turn sets off a devastating cascade of events that causes multi-system organ failure.
Subscribe to my email list and get the Powerpoint slides: www.oubremedical.com/COVID19
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5/20/20 – Assessing Risk of Infection While Going Out
Are you scared to go out into public for fear of catching COVID-19? Watch this video to learn how to determine your risk of infection and how to pick the right environments to visit.
We now offer antibody testing to anyone interested (membership NOT required). The antibody test looks for antibodies specific to COVID-19. The rapid antibody tests cannot differentiate between COVID-19 and other coronavirus infections. Our blood draw antibody tests get sent out to labs that can determine COVID-19 specific antibodies.
4/10/20 – Most of USA’s COVID-19 Came from Europe
This company maps viral genomes and mutations around the world. In this diagram, you are able to watch that the China cases to the US were shut down quickly with closing the border to China.
Unexpectedly, most of our cases came from travelers in Europe. You can see that the cases in the USA exploded, and the viral strains show consistency with European strains.
This is why we are several weeks behind Europe.
This video was taken from a website called https://nextstrain.org/ncov/global.
4/10/20 – Research Proves IV Vitamin C Works
This video is a physician proving his research that IV Vitamin C works to reduce lung injury associated with cytokine storm. It is intended for physicians and practitioners, but it can serve as PROOF to everyone that Vitamin C works for ARDS, which is the pathology that is killing patients with COVID-19.
4/7/20 – Airborne Microscopic Particles
This is a video that shows airborne microscopic particles floating in the air for hours after a cough, sneeze, and even TALKING! The visual is neat but pay very close attention to the very end. The answer is AIR FLOW. The solution to pollution is dilution. You need airflow to get particles out. Outdoor spaces are low likelihood for infection. Indoor air is stagnant with higher risk!
4/3/20 – Wear a Mask Campaign
It is critical to wear a mask in our to decrease transmission and get America back to work! This will be the new societal norm. Let’s start the trend! Tag us with your masked selfies on Facebook and Instagram!
4/2/20 – State-by-state Resource Graph
https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections This is a great resource to determine how your state is doing on resources: hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators. In order to change it from the entire US to your state, click the drop down box at the top of the page.
3/31/20 – Wear a mask. Any mask!
Wear a mask. Any mask will work. My mask protects you. Your mask protects me.
3/26/20 – Q&A with Dr. Oubre and Staff
3/24/20 COVID-19 Numbers are Doubling and Tripling!
Look at these numbers! Exactly what we feared is happening. Is our isolation too late? Are people not taking it seriously?!
3/22/20 – Lung Capacity and Vital Signs Tracker
Fill out the form above to get my lung capacity tracker. Go to my tracker site to watch more videos: • How do I use the spreadsheet? • How do I do a breath holding test? • How do I properly test my vital signs? • (Videos coming soon) Lung Capacity and Vital Signs Tracking Website
3/21/20 – Dr. Joshi on Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis caused by COVID19. Interview with Dr. Nish Joshi in London. What is pulmonary fibrosis? Who is at risk for it? How do you know if you’re developing it? How can you test for it? What can you do to treat it?
Go check out our testing page to understand which tests we have available for patients and non-patients as well as how much the tests cost. COVID-19 Testing Page
3/19/20 – Q&A with Dr. Oubre
3/19/20 – Explainer Graphic for Flattening the Curve
Understanding this contagion and how it is spreading can help give you sanity into why all the craze about social distancing. This is a great simulator to help you understand flattening the curve. It is a live graphic on their website, and it’s fun to watch the dots change colors! Are you helping to flatten or spike it? https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/