Covid Antigen/Lateral Flow Test
Synlab in Roma carries out Covid tests to detect infection from COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The results are usually valid up to 48 hours for Rapid Antigen tests and up to 72 hours for PCR tests.
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Piazza Addis Abeba, 10, 00199 Roma RM, Italia
Phone: 06.86201240Visit website
FAQs and information on Covid Antigen/Lateral Flow Test
With the increased risk of every other person developing the Coronavirus due to its increased prevalence, testing for COVID-19 has become the new normal. The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test or the Lateral Flow Test is one of such quick tests that allow a person’s Covid positive or negative status to be confirmed in no time. The testing kit resembles a pregnancy urine test. This is the most common type of test used to prove that you are currently infected when travelling abroad. This test is performed using a sample from the nose or throat using a swab that comes in the kit. The swab with the collected sample (fluid) is then deposited in a tube and poured on a self-absorbent pad. The fluid gets sucked up through capillary action from this pad until it is placed on a strip coated with Covid antibodies. If the oropharyngeal sample of the person contains the virus, a coloured line appears, marking the patient as positive. The Lateral Flow Test for Covid has transformed the testing mechanism for COVID-19 and made it much easier for everyone to get it done in no time! It is usually recommended that a person gets a Covid Lateral Flow test done if they have developed any of the following symptoms: - Fever with chills - Cough - Congestion - Shortness of breath - Muscular or body aches - Loss of taste or smell - Diarrhoea - Nausea or vomiting.
Do I need a doctor's prescription for a rapid antigen Covid test in Italy?
Usually antigen tests/lateral flow tests do not require the prescription of a doctor in Italy. However, it is good to inform your doctor about the values of the results in order to enable it to assess whether or not there is the need to prescribe a possible molecular tests.
Are Covid-19 rapid tests are recognised by airlines?
Recently, the European Union has agreed to mutually recognise rapid antigen test/lateral flow tests.
How accurate are lateral flow tests?
This test is less accurate than the gold standard PCR test; however, the test accuracy has shown to be higher when used by trained laboratory staff.
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These details have been last updated on 25/05/21