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What is a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test?

A COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test detects the presence of viral proteins in a biological sample taken from an individual and will return the results in as little as 15 minutes.

What is it used for?

The test is ideal for quickly checking whether asymptomatic people are currently infectious and at risk of spreading the virus. Perfect for workplaces to provide early detection of any pockets of infection, giving businesses the ability to plan, reorganise and to take back control in these uncertain times.

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How is the Antigen Test carried out?

The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test is conducted at the site of sample collection. A swab sample is taken by a trained medical clinician. 

Our COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test will detect the virus antigens (foreign substances that induce an immune response in the body) that are found on or within the SARS-CoV-2 virus if they are present on the swab.

Accuracy

The performance data from our manufacturer shows the diagnostic sensitivity for COVID-19 specific antigens of up to 86.7% with a diagnostic specificity of 100%, overall accuracy of 96.3%

Antigen Test - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test?

A COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test detects the presence of viral proteins in a biological sample taken from the individual and will return the results in as little as 15 minutes

2. What is a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test used for?

The test is ideal for quickly checking whether asymptomatic people are currently infectious and at risk of spreading the coronavirus. This test is suitable for workplaces to provide early detection of any pockets of COVID infection, giving businesses the ability to plan, reorganise and to take back control in these uncertain times.

3. How does a Rapid Antigen Detection test for COVID-19 work?

The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test is conducted at the site of sample collection. A swab sample is taken by a trained medical clinician. A nasal and or throat swab sample is collected from the client, the sample is emersed in a solution and placed on a lateral flow immunoassay device for results within 15 minutes. The tests detect specific proteins also known as antigens on the surface of the virus

4. How is the presence of COVID-19 detected in test?

The test can detect specific proteins, also known as antigens on the surface of the virus and can identify people who are at the peak of infection, when virus levels in the body are likely to be high, typically 4-6 days after exposure to the virus. Sometimes this is as early as 1-3 days or up to 10-14 days.

5. Accuracy

The performance data from our manufacturer shows the diagnostic sensitivity COVID-19 specific antigens of up to 86.7% with a diagnostic specificity of 100%. overall accuracy of 96.3%

6. How to book a Rapid Antigen Test as an individual?

Booking an Antigen test at our YourTest Clinic couldn’t be easier, simply log on to the website, choose the tab ‘Book Now’. Select an appointment that suits you, enter your details, select COVID-19 Antigen test from the drop down menu, review terms & conditions and proceed to the payment section.

7. How to book a Rapid Antigen Test for corporate?

We want to do business with you, we know time is precious so we have made booking Antigen tests for your business simple and seamless. Visit our website, review terms & conditions and if you are happy to proceed, choose the tab ‘Book Now’, select business booking, complete your details and we will be in touch.

Other testing solutions available from YourTest

YourTest have a range of testing solutions to support your Health & Wellbeing, contact us on www.yourtest.org.uk for more information