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What is the mission of the Alliance?
Testing will continue to play an important role in the fight against COVID-19 even as vaccination numbers grow. We need comprehensive testing to curb the spread of variants, safeguard the unvaccinated, and support ongoing wellness. Testing can also manage the harm caused by “long haul” COVID conditions and uncover hidden pandemics caused by delayed care and health care disparities.

Quest Diagnostics started ACT (the Alliance for Comprehensive Testing) with a diverse coalition of non-profit, community, and business organizations. We are committed to educating the public on the value of comprehensive testing for the good of public health now and in the future.

Who else is a member of the Alliance?
Please visit our Alliance members page to see the full list of members.
What is the geographic scope?
Our alliance has a broad, national reach, with initial areas of focus in our pilot states: Florida, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Washington DC.
What role does Quest Diagnostics play?
Quest is the leader of the Alliance. We have spearheaded the effort to recruit collaborators at both the national and state/local levels. Quest serves as a resource for Alliance members for information on testing. Quest is also hosting numerous educational events that Alliance members will have access to.
Are there dues involved?
There are no dues required to be a member.
Where do we tell people to go to get tested?
How are members expected to participate?
We ask that you help us get the word out and share our resources with your membership/constituency, and that we may list your name and logo publicly on our website.

We also ask that you help us communicate the role that antigen and antibody testing play in helping our communities return to daily life responsibly.

What resources do you provide to members?
The Alliance provides educational resources about PCR, antigen, and antibody tests, including which tests may be appropriate for you and your family, the value of each, and how testing can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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Antibody testing determines the presence of antibodies that recognize markers of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, indicating that the body previously had been infected. In many diseases, the presence of antibodies confers immunity, but scientists have not verified if this is true for COVID-19. See the glossary section of our website to learn about the difference between Nucleocapsid Protein Antibody Tests and Spike Protein Antibody Tests.

PCR testing is used to accurately detect active infections. It is a type of molecular test and considered the gold standard for testing. PCR is the most commonly used nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

Antigen testing is used to identify active infections. It expands testing capacity as a fast, reliable, and affordable screening and diagnostic option.