How is the PCR test done?
The PCR test is performed by taking samples called swabs from the mouth and nose with a cotton tip. If this test is performed for the diagnosis of coronavirus disease, it would be more accurate to take samples from the mouth and nose in the early period. However, since the virus may not remain in these areas in the late period of the disease, the test performed by taking a swab from the mouth and nose may not give accurate results. For this reason, it is more correct to take samples from the respiratory tract in the future.
Is this test reliable?
PCR test is a test with high reliability. It plays a decisive role in the Covid-19 outbreak, especially with its role in diagnosing asymptomatic patients.
Where is the PCR test done?
The PCR test is finalized by taking samples and by examining them in laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health.
What are the advantages of the PCR test?
PCR test is primarily a completely painless and effortless test for the person. It is very advantageous in fighting the pandemic because its results are very fast. Since it reveals the presence of the virus even in asymptomatic patients, it plays an active role in patient isolation, contact isolation and stopping virus spread.
When are the test results available?
Generally, the result is reported to the person within 24 hours.
What is the difference between PCR test and Antibody test?
Antigen tests such as PCR should not be confused with antibody tests. Antigen tests are tests that reveal whether the virus is present in the patient’s body. Antibody tests are tests to see if the patient has been infected with the virus before and whether the body has produced antibodies against the virus. While antigen tests are used to diagnose the existing disease, antibody tests are tests that show whether the disease has been passed before. Antibody tests do not give any information about whether the person is sick at the time of the test. While the PCR test is performed by taking a swab from the mouth and nose, the antibody test is performed by taking a blood sample from the person.
Which test should I have?
If you want to find out if you are currently sick or not, you should have a PCR test. If you want to find out if you have had a history of illness, you should have an antibody test.