SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus molecular test
The microbiology laboratory performs the test for the detection of the genome of the new SARS-CoV2 coronavirus.
Method: Real Time-PCR
Sample: Nasal or pharyngeal swab
Result: same day
The molecular PCR assay method detects genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 virus using a laboratory technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) according to WHO and CDC guidelines. It is performed on a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab.
It is indicated for the symptomatic phase of the disease, since it determines whether a person is now infected with the virus, but is also performed in asymptomatic carriers who have been exposed to the virus.
It is the most reliable test for detecting the virus as the sensitivity and specificity of the method is over 99%.
All samples collected in the laboratory are treated as potentially infectious and therefore all necessary protection and spread prevention measures are applied throughout the procedures, collection, packaging, storage and transport. Professionals involved throughout the sample handling process shall use appropriate personal protective equipment.
The results are also sent by e-mail so that the examinee can avoid the inconvenience of a second visit.