Covid PCR Test
ASP Palermo in Palermo 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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Via Gaetano la Loggia, 5, 90129 Palermo PA, Italia
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FAQs and information on Covid PCR Test
The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for Covid is a test that helps analyse whether a person is suffering from a Covid infection or not. The PCR Test for COVID-19 is so far considered to be the gold standard for the detection of the virus itself. It is a very reliable and authentic test and is popularly used to test people worldwide. The RT-PCR antigen test (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) is the standard gold method to quickly and accurately identify any traces of Coronavirus current infection in the body. This is the most common type of test used to prove that you are currently infected when travelling abroad. These tests require a swab, which can be self-administered or performed by a healthcare professional. These swabs are then sent to a specialised laboratory which can often return results in less than 24 hours. This test is a molecular test that works on the principle of detecting the RNA that causes Covid. It is performed by taking a nasopharyngeal swab inserted deep into the nasal cavity to collect the sample. The collected sample from the swab is then manipulated to extract its genetic material. If the sample contains the required genetic material (RNA), it is said to be a positive sample, and thus, the person is labelled as a Covid-positive patient. It is usually recommended that a person gets their PCR 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.
A nasopharyngeal swab is inserted deep into the nasal cavity to collect the sample. The collected sample from the swab is then manipulated to extract its genetic material. The tested person may cough or gag during swab insertion, which involves discomfort.
RTPCR is highly specific for the COVID19 virus, and its results are hardly false positives. This diagnostic is very reliable and authentic. Individuals may test positive for weeks or even months after their first positive test even though they are not infectious. Repeat testing after the first positive test is not indicated.
A positive PCR/NAAT result indicates that viral RNA is present in the sample. Positive results should be treated as if someone is infectious, with isolation to prevent spread and providing adequate clinical care if symptoms warrant it.
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These details have been last updated on 25/05/21