PCR Covid Test

PCR Covid Test - what is it and how the test is done

With the pandemic caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the spread of tests and swabs to detect infection from the virus has become the new normal.

The Covid PCR Test is a relatively quick test that allows you to confirm a person's positive or negative COVID-19 status and get the result in no time.

How reliable is a Covid PCR Test?

The PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test for COVID-19 is a test that helps analyze whether or not a person suffers from Covid infection. The PCR test for Covid is considered the standard par excellence for the detection of Coronavirus.

The molecular swab is a very reliable test and has been commonly used worldwide from the beginning of the pandemic to today. The RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) antigen test is the standard, rapid and accurate method for identifying any traces of current Coronavirus infection in the body.

Covid PCR Test: How Does It Work?

The Covid PCR Swab is a molecular test that works on the principle of detecting the RNA that causes Coronavirus infection.

The Covid PCR Test requires a swab that can be self-administered or performed by a healthcare professional. It is done by taking a nasopharyngeal swab inserted deep into the nasal cavity to collect the sample. After a patient sample is collected, the molecular swab is sent to a specialized laboratory which can often return the result in about 24 hours. The sample collected from the swab is then manipulated to extract its genetic material.

When you should take a Covid PCR Test

Your family doctor, or a doctor if you are away from home, may advise you to take a PCR swab if they deem it necessary based on the symptoms presented.

It is usually recommended that a person take a Covid PCR Test if they have developed one or more suspicious symptoms such as fever, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, diarrhoea, nausea, or vomiting.

Common conditions covered by a PCR Travel Test

COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 Influenza Sore throat Fever

Where to get a PCR Test in Italy

PCR Covid Test at-Home and Self Tests

PCR Covid Test FAQs

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.

RT-PCR or NAAT test is the gold standard for COVID19 infection as it is a diagnostic test to check the current disorder. This test detects the COVID19 RNA in samples.

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.

Persons have telltale signs of COVID 19 infection such as fever, fatigue, cough, and loss of smell or taste. Such persons should self-quarantine and await PCR results.

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.

The RT-PCR antigen test (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) is the standard gold method to quickly and accurately identify any traces of Covid-19 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.

Some PCR test to detect the Coronavirus infection may require only a few hours to produce results if samples are tested on-site, or it may take a few days if the samples are sent elsewhere for testing. On average, you can expect to receive the results of an RT-PCR test within 2-5 days. On faiuntestevai.it we try to provide guidance on timelines that each laboratory and pharmacy offers.

If you want to do a private test, you can find laboratories or pharmacies in Italy that offers this service. On faiuntestevai.it we have over 4,000 centres throughout Italy offering different types of Covid-19 tests, including PCR tests.

As for the cost of other medical services, the prices for a 19-Covid Private molecular test can vary from place to place. In some cases, the price is set by the regions in which the structure performs the test. On average, the cost you can get around 60 € - 80 €. At faiuntestevai.it we try to provide cost information for test centres included on our platform.

Access to tests that detect infection from Covid-19 in Italy vary from region to region. On faintestevai.it you can find laboratories and pharmacies throughout Italy which carried out the tests and you can filter by requirements, test types and results languages.