This test requires a combined throat/nose swab to test for Covid-19 (coronavirus). You can collect your sample at home with our Home Sample Collection Kit. Please ensure that you return your sample to our laboratory within 3-5 days. Simply book online or phone our team on the number at the top of the page.
When can I have the test?
You should wait at least 5 days after potential exposure to Covid-19 before having this test. It is suitable if you are worried that you may have Covid-19 now, you are displaying symptoms such as a fever or continuous cough, or you have recently come into contact with someone who has Covid-19.
How does the test work?
The Better2Know test uses state of the art PCR techniques to look for all current strains of the virus. The principle of PCR is to extract, amplify and identify the viral RNA sequence of the virus. This testing method ensures the high degree of specificity of this test for the Wuhan and related strains of Coronavirus nCoV-2019. Our test is sensitive to fewer than 100 copies of the target viral RNA making it a highly accurate test.
How accurate is the test?
The current evidence shows a mean incubation period before symptoms emerge of 5 days. This test has a sensitivity of under 100 copies of viral RNA and shows 100% homology to the current strains of the virus. This means that, provided there are more than 100 copies of viral RNA in the sample, the test will successfully detect it.
Please bear in mind that this is a newly identified organism and there is much that the medical and scientific community have yet to learn about it.
How will I get my results?
You will receive your results within two days of your sample’s arrival at our laboratory. You can track your results in your secure online Patient Area using the log-in details you will receive at the time of booking. Our advisors work around the clock to ensure that you receive your results as soon as possible.
What if I test positive?
If you do test positive for Covid-19, you must immediately self-isolate to prevent spreading the virus to others. You should then contact your healthcare provider for advice on the next steps to take.