FAQ

As with much else in a world where little is guaranteed, no single test is 100% accurate. However, (a) some manufacturer’s tests are better than others, (b) multiple tests on one subject improve the level of certainty and (c) a combination of tests of different types improves overall diagnostic accuracy by presenting a more complete picture of the test subject’s current status. Testing Hollywood© prides itself on selecting the best diagnostics, laboratories, protocols and in-house professionals to provide safety and reliability through care and, indeed, accuracy. In addition, our data platform vastly improves confidence by consolidating and tracking your production team’s testing results.

Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests are considered the ‘Gold Standard’ of COVID-19 testing, detecting the presence of RNA which has been shed into nasal passages by the COVID-19 virus. Our laboratories use state of the art machines and HIPAA-compliant software to enable Testing Hollywood to get results as fast or faster than any other testing company. RT-PCR testing is mandated by SAG-AFTRA, and we work closely with leading Health & Safety Compliance Officers and unions to protect your productions.

There are many such tests which have applied for EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) status with the FDA. We select the best of these, in the opinion of our Scientific and Medical Advisors, to test for the presence of the Live Virus (antigen tests) and for Antibodies which present a more complete picture of the status at testing of an individual. Antigen tests can detect the Live Virus at earlier and later stages than RT-PCR, which tests for infectiousness.

If your COVID-19 test was negative, this means that the test did not detect the presence of COVID-19 in your nasal secretions. This result would suggest that you are not currently infected with COVID-19. If you have had a negative COVID-19 test, we still recommend that you wear a face mask in public, practice frequent hand hygiene and follow social distancing recommendations, just as you were doing before your COVID-19 test.

Our skilled medical professionals swab your nose and those swabs are sent to our partner laboratories to test using the latest diagnostic machines. If we are testing you in Southern California the swabs are taken same day to our in-town partner laboratories, which is why we deliver results as fast or faster than any other testing company of which we are aware. We have convenient locations in Los Angeles for drop-in swabbing, and offer on-set swabs and concierge services for in-home or otherwise convenient location testing to make the process, fast, efficient and as painless as possible.

You engage us and we deliver. Simple. Our data collection system and proprietary app ensure that results are delivered to the subject and the production company discreetly and confidentially. Cast and crew work best with masks and other protective gear but with the added knowledge that everyone with whom they come in contact has been pre-screened prior to entering the set or facility.

Not likely. When a vaccine is successfully deployed there will still be a requirement for testing until we are certain there is no threat of infection. The threat of COVID-19 is very real and will remain so until the CDC and other medical authorities are comfortable that the threat has been minimized. In the interim, we at Testing Hollywood are totally committed to ensuring the safety of our clients so Hollywood can continue to charm, enlighten and entertain a world sorely in need of such delights.

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