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Covid-19 PCR Test

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Covid-19 PCR Test

There are different methods used to detect whether a person is infected with the Covid-19 virus. There are Viral tests and Antibody Tests available, though viral tests are more common since they evaluate for active infection. The Viral Test that is most used is the PCR Covid Screening Test.

Covid PCR Test
PCR - Swab Test

The PCR Test is a swab test carried out by using a long cotton bud.

The cotton bud is inserted through the nose to the back of the nasal cavity where the nasopharyngeal area is swabbed for tissue samples. The sample is then safely contained and transported to a laboratory where it can be professionally analysed in a controlled environment. PCR swab test looks for virus antigens which are only present in the case of immune response in an actively infected person. Covid PCR Tests analyse virus DNA to provide test results with greater accuracy compared to rapid testing counterparts. Many airlines have now made Fit to Fly PCR Testing compulsory and require proof of certification to board, making Fit to Fly Certification a new necessity in the face of travel.

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If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and are a resident in the UK you are eligible for free Covid screening on the NHS, but this must be done through your GP Surgery, if applicable, or by urgent appointment at your local A&E. The benefit of booking a private PCR Covid Test at Pearl Chemist’s Merton, Tooting, Earlsfield, Banstead, or Streatham branches is that it you can avoid inevitable exposure to the high traffic areas you would otherwise be required to visit to conduct testing medically. In this case, by conducting your Covid screening with Pearl Chemist, you’re minimalizing the risk of infectious spreading.

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It’s important to note that appointments are not necessary to undergo Covid Screening at Pearl Chemist, however they are recommended for your safety. The PCR Swab Test is also available at other local Pearl Chemist pharmacies including Wimbledon, Morden, Tolworth, Banstead, and Wandsworth
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