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Why Viral Variants Like Omicron Are Emerging: A Viral Variation 101

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, we had a singular enemy: the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, now it seems that there are multiple enemies, with the emergence of variants like Delta and Omicron. How did this happen?

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COVID-19 Glossary: Terms to Know

See definitions for words commonly used by professionals when discussing COVID-19.

COVID-19 vs. Flu vs. RSV

COVID-19 vs. Flu vs. RSV: How to tell the difference between respiratory infections

Learn the differences between the flu, COVID-19, and RSV and ways to diagnose them.

A Guide to the COVID-19 Variants

A Guide to the COVID-19 Variants: What You Need to Know About Testing and More

Learn about the multiple SARS-CoV-2 variants that have emerged since the start of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Testing For Small Businesses

A Guide To COVID-19 Testing For Small Businesses

Helping your business get back to work safely.

COVID-19 News

Nov 30 2021

Labcorp Now Offers Observed Collection for COVID-19 PCR Testing in Over 500 Locations Nationwide, with Plans to Expand to More Than 1,000 Locations

BURLINGTON, N.C., Nov. 30, 2021 — Labcorp (NYSE: LH), a global life sciences company, is now offering observed self-collection for COVID-19 PCR testing in more than 500 of its patient service centers (PSCs) nationwide for people without symptoms or known exposure. By mid-December, the company plans to further expand the COVID-19 PCR test collection service to over 1,000 locations. 

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Labcorp's COVID-19 PCR Testing

1-2 Days

Average Time to Result from Specimen Pickup


Molecular tests performed


Molecular test capacity per day*


Antibody tests performed


Antibody test capacity per day*


Tests Offered with No Upfront Costs**

Tracking COVID-19 Variants

Labcorp has been regularly tracking variants of the virus throughout the pandemic. The sensitivity of our PCR test is not impacted by these variants. We have been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide sequencing of samples of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Total number of samples sequenced

200,000 as of October 28, 2021

Data covers the U.S. including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

Labcorp PCR Test performance confirmed

Alpha (B.1.1.7, Q.1-Q.8)
Beta (B.1.351, B.1.351.2, B.1.351.3)
Delta (B.1.617.2)
Gamma (P.1, P.1.1, P.1.2) 
Epsilon (B.1.427, B.1.429)
Eta (B.1.525)
Iota (B.1.526)
Kappa (B.1.617.1)
Mu (B.1.621)
Zeta (P.2)
Lambda (C.37)

For more information visit US COVID-19 Cases Caused by Variants on the CDC website. 

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