This antigen test can be purchased online and performed at home. Antigen tests detect viral RNA. This requires taking a swab from the nose and throat and then analysing the specimen in the lab using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). They aim to answer: do I carry coronavirus now? If you want to see if you have had covid-19 and developed antibodies, you should take an antibody test.
The chances of detecting the virus are highest in the days surrounding the start of symptoms. Ideally samples should be taken from symptomatic individuals between days 1-5 from symptom onset. However, there are many cases when virus can be detected later into the illness. A negative test result is useful to tell you that there is no presence of virus on that swab. But please bear in mind that this may be a false negative and isolation guidelines should still be followed. Many institutions use two swabs, 24 hrs apart to confirm a negative case alongside other clinical information.
Once testing is complete you will receive your result via email. Results will be made available within 24 hours of our lab receiving your sample for testing. Note: lab receives sample within 48 hrs of return from you (exc. w/end).
We will also produce a lab travel certificate with every test. Please check the country you are travelling to for specific requirements. Please note that what we issue is a lab travel certificates and not a ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate which needs to be issued by a GP, Please check the requirements of where you are travelling.