Covid Testing

Who should get tested?

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and get tested right away. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

- Fever (temperature of 100,4 F or 38 C or higher or feeling feverish).

- Cough.

- Shortness of breath.

- Decrease in sense of smell or taste.

- Sore throat.

- Muscle aches and pains.

 

What are the types of COVID-19 tests?

There are three types of tests related to COVID-19.

 

PCR test: A PCR test tells you if you have COVID-19 right now and could spread it to other people. A PCR test looks for the genetic material of the virus. It is a very accurate test and almost always detects if a person is infected with the virus. PCR tests are processed in a lab and the results can take a 24 hour to get back. PCR tests are usually done by:

Nasal or nasopharyngeal swab: A healthcare worker puts a swab into your nose to collect a sample either just inside your nose or reaching further down your throat.

 

Rapid antigen test: An antigen test looks for proteins found on or within the virus. It tells you if you have COVID-19 right now and could spread it to other people. An antigen test is like a PCR test, where a sample is collected with a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab, but you are able to get the results much quicker. Results take about 15 minutes.

 

Antigen tests can detect only high amounts of virus and are less sensitive than PCR tests. They work best when someone has symptoms of COVID-19. Antigen tests are most accurate during the first 5-7 days of your illness when your viral load is highest.

 

Serology or antibody test: Serology, or antibody tests, may be able to tell if you have ever been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive antibody test does not guarantee immunity to COVID-19. Antibodies in your blood mean, at one time, you were exposed to COVID-19. Antibody tests find these antibodies in your blood and tell you if your immune system has responded to the infection.

 

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing Site: Falcon Test Station

Address: Budapest III. Bécsi str. 310.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday

Days Open: 13:00-19:30

For more information please writing: iroda@falconmed.hu