Coronavirus antigen test

Sale price Price R 700.00 Regular price

Description:

Antigen tests, like the name suggests, test for antigens (viral fragments). A COVID-19 antigen test looks for fragments of the COVID-19 virus within a person’s body to detect the presence of the virus.

That basically means, the point of an antigen test is to detect the presence of a protein—the nucleocapsid protein—which is part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is the cause of COVID-19.

 

What is the Coronavirus antigen test procedure?

A COVID-19 antigen test is similar to a PCR COVID-19 test. A swab sample from your nose or mouth will be taken. The sample is then process and placed on a test cartridge. The cartridge make use of lateral flow technology, which enable fast results to be ready.

 

What does the fee cover:

- Initial eligibility screening

- 1x COVID-19 antigen test

- Results reporting and follow-up advice

- Pre and post-test virtual consultation*

 

What does the fee not cover:

- Treatment or treatment costs related to diagnosis.

- Any other laboratory fees other than for the COVID-19 antigen test.

- Only the first consultation in relation to the test conducted is included in the service. If there is any ongoing care needed, you are advised to seek in-person help at your nearest appropriate healthcare service provider.

- This service does not replace in-person or emergency care.

 

Who should Get Tested:

-You have recently started symptoms of COVID-19

- Your doctor thinks you may have the novel coronavirus and have recently started having symptoms (past 1-3 days)

- You have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 more than 5-7 days ago, and you want to have a quick test done to check your status

 

How can the coronavirus antigen test help you?

  1. To find out if you currently have active COVID-19 infection
  2. If you need to have a very quick test to determine your COVID-19 status
  3. For travel to some countries

 

Sample required:

Swab (oral or nasopharyngeal)

 

Average turnaround time:

1-5 working days (this depends on national testing volumes and possible backlogs)

 

 

* Digital consultation will be offered based on the results of the eligibility screen as well as test results