Our practice offers two different types of coronavirus-tests. Both rely on swabs from your nose and throat. A soft cotton swab will be introduced deeply into your mouth and nose in order to gather secretions from your mucous membranes which might contain virus. The swab causes mild discomfort but is not painful and will be very quick.
This test will detect genetic material from Coronaviruses. It is extremely precise and will find even the slightest amount of virus present. PCR-tests are "gold standard" - meaning they're the most established form of test, results will be recognized everywhere. Disadvantages of this test are the higher costs associated and the fact that the results will take up to 24 hours to be available.
PCR-tests will be done if your insurance pays for the procedure, i.e. if you're a returning traveler from risk areas, if you had risk contacts with COVID-patients, for teachers or if you've received a red warning from your Corona-app.
This test detects surface proteins from coronaviruses. This test is also extremely precise with very little chance of getting a false negative or positive result. It's the perfect test if you want to exclude active infectious COVID-disease, for example if you plan to visit relatives or colleagues, if your job requires a COVID-test or if you're traveling. Since antigen tests are quite new, we cannot guarantee that the results will be accepted worldwide. Within Europe, there will be no problem considering official recognition of test results.
Please make an appointment if you plan to get tested at your Praxis. You don't have to decide on the two test variants beforehand, you can decide after having talked to our team and after all your questions have been answered.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you've got questions!