COVID-19 testing

Understand COVID-19 testing and the available options

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The importance of testing

PCR test or antibody test? Watch our video to learn which test does what

Limiting spread and containing outbreaks
A person with the COVID-19 virus on average infects two or more other people.3,4 The tricky part: While they are infectious, people are often not aware that they have the disease because they do not (yet) display any typical symptoms. Given the high infection rate and the environmental stability of the virus, it is vital to identify infected individuals as early as possible, so that they can seek medical guidance and self-isolate. On a larger scale this of course also helps to reduce the overall spread of the virus. Antigen tests and PCR tests help here.

Minimizing individual risk and informing action
To understand the bigger picture of the actual disease spread and to determine an individual’s risk, it is also important to know, if a person was already exposed to the virus and infection has resolved. Some tests may detect antibodies that neutralize the virus and growing research shows that these antibodies may indicate immunity.5,6,7 If immunity is proven, such antibody tests could for example help decide if workforce can safely return to a workplace where social distancing is a challenge, in conjunction with antigen testing and/or PCR testing.

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Rapid Antigen test: Know if you have COVID-19 – on-site, in 15 minutes 

Our CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test8 helps identify infected individuals in just 15 minutes. This easy-to-use test does not require specialized lab personnel or instruments. This offers flexibility to test in locations that benefit from immediate results but have limited access to laboratory resources, like airports or schools for example. 

PCR test: Do I have COVID-19?

Our scientist Christos Loukas explaines how PCR tests work

Our FTD SARS-CoV-21 test is a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. It detects viral RNA which is the genetic material of the virus and is used to confirm active COVID-19 infections in both symptomatic people and those that do not display any symptoms yet or at all. To collect a sample of respiratory secretions that can be tested for the virus, it‘s typically medical personnel that swabs a person‘s nose and throat.

Keyvisual when it should be taken

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus. Or if you are asymptomatic and want to return to the workplace—to check that you are not infected and spreading the virus.

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Depending on your healthcare provider, it take 2 hours to 5 days results.

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Highly accurate tests should maximize sensitivity. Some have 100% sensitivity. 

High sensitivity is important because it better detects who has the virus.

Keyvisual Results and actions

You most likely do have a current infection and may give it to others. Quarantine to stop transmission. For additional actions to take, please consult your physician and follow your country's official guidance.

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You most likely do not currently have COVID-19 but you could still get it, if you did not already have it. Take steps to protect yourself and others. Take an antibody test to see if you may have been infected but were asymptomatic.

Antibody test: Did I have COVID-19?

Our scientist Jim Freeman explains why antibody testing is important

When an individual is infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, unique antibodies will develop at different stages of the infection. Our total antibody test1 detects antibodies (IgM and IgG) that people develop as part of an immune response to a COVID-19 infection. Our COV2G antibody test1 detects IgG antibodies that persist, and are the basis for an individual’s longer term immune response. The combination of both tests provides a more complete picture of a patient’s serological status for the most accurate results.

Keyvisual when it should be taken

If you think you had COVID-19 more than 2 weeks ago and want to know if you had it. Or in conjunction with a PCR test, if you are asymptomatic, to help determine if it is likely safe for you to travel or return to the workplace.

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Depending on your healthcare provider it may take 30 minutes to 5 days to receive your results.

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Highly accurate tests have over 99.5% specificity and over 90% sensitivity. Some have demonstrated 99.8% specificity and 100% sensitivity. Sensitivity is the test's ability to identify those with antibodies, and specificity is the test's ability to identify those without antibodies.

Keyvisual Results and actions

You likely had COVID-19 and may have some level of immunity to future re-infection. Take a PCR test to confirm you have no active infection. Self-protect and test again regularly to identify whether antibodies are still present.

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You likely never had COVID-19 but you could still get it. Take a PCR test. If negative, you may return to the workplace. Self-protect and test again regulary.

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