COVID-19 PCR Test Types
PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
Taken to be the gold standard for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that cause COVID-19), the PCR test is taken as a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab. The test is very sensitive. The downside is that the test can sometimes detect small amounts of viral particles after you have recovered form COVID-19.
The antigen test detects viral particles by using antibodies dissolved in a strip called a Lateral Flow Assay, similar to a pregnancy test in form. The test is not as sensitive as a PCR test but is useful for detecting when a person is in the most infectious stages of COVID-19. The main advantage is that is can be processed in 15-minutes, without expensive technology.
During and after COVID-19 infection, your body makes neutralising antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These antibodies can be detected in a blood sample either in a lab on on a lateral flow assay. The test theoretically shows immunity against COVID-19. The disadvantage is that the levels of antibody may drop some weeks after COVID-19 infection but the immunity remains as undetectable mememory cells.
Tests are processed by our INAB-accredited lab partner. All results are reviewed by our clinical team and communicated to customers via text, email, or phone, as appropriate.
Your Questions Answered
Which test do I need for travel?
In general, you need a PCR test done within 72 hours of travel. Some countries will accept an antigen test. We recommend you check the entry requirements for your destination country before you book your test.
Which test do I need for my workplace?
If you are an employer, you will generally use an antigen or PCR test, depending on the logistics of your employee work shifts. We can provide a trainer tester on-site and a secure onlien booking system to esnure minimal disruption to your employee's work patterns. contact us and our clinical personnel will discuss your needs and provide the right solution.
How do I get my PCR results?
Your PCR results are sent by SMS and by email (PDF). For our point-of-care testing in Longford, this will be approximately 20 minutes after your swab. For our lab testing nationwide, this will be in approximately 24 hours.
How do I get my Antigen test results?
You will receive your test result directly from our tester and via SMS within 24 hours. You may request a PDF copy to your email.