What is PCR Test?
PCR ( polymerase chain reaction) is a molecular test for detection of genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus or bacteria. The test detects the presence of the virus or bacteria if an individual has it at the time of sample collection.
What is a COVID-19 PCR test?
The PCR test for COVID-19 is a molecular test that analyses an individual’s upper respiratory specimen, it detects genetic material (ribonucleic acid or RNA) of SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19. PCR technology is used to amplify small amounts of RNA from specimens into deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which is replicated until SARS-CoV-2 is detectable if present. The PCR test is the gold standard test for diagnosing COVID-19 since authorized for use in February 2020. It’s accurate and reliable.
Who should get tested for COVID-19?
Your healthcare provider may recommend testing for covid 19 if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Muscle or body aches.
- New loss of taste or smell.
- Sore throat.
- Congestion or runny nose.
- Nausea or vomiting.
It is important to note that not everyone with COVID-19 develops symptoms (asymptomatic patients).
And not all symptomatic people develop all of the symptoms listed above.
Please check with your healthcare provider if you notice symptoms or was exposed to the virus — even if you’ve been vaccinated.
Other reasons to get tested for covid 19 includes
- You’ve had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Close contact means you’ve been within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person who has COVID19, or you live with someone with COVID-19.
- You’re required to take a test for screening purposes, such as at some schools or workplaces.
- For travelling purposes
Timeline and Results
Accurate and quick tests are key to slowing the spread of COVID-19.
To ensure adequate and efficient service, our timeline for result is 24 hours. However, there is high probability of getting your result earlier.
If you develop symptoms, please call ZAINE LAB on 08061348550. Trust us to recommend the quickest, most accurate test available. To keep those around you safe, you should wear a face mask that fits snugly over your nose, mouth and chin, and avoid close contact with others until you get the results of your COVID test. Be sure to monitor your symptoms and seek emergency care from armoured shield if you have:
- Trouble breathing.
- Persistent pain or pressure in your chest.
- New confusion.
- Aren’t able to wake or stay awake.
- Blue lips or face.