Coronavirus Covid-19 Test (RT-PCR technique)
What is COVID-RTPCR?
This is a laboratory test that can identify the virus that causes COVID-19. This test is intended for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2.
Method - Real-Time PCR
It makes use of Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panels.
As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) guidelines, Government ID ( Aadhaar card / Voter Id / Passport ) to support the current address and contact number of the suspect patient needs to be provided to the lab processing the sample.
For the states of Telangana and Karnataka, a Doctor prescription for a Covid-19 test is also required. The prescription should have the Doctor’s medical registration number and Doctor’s stamp.
The suspect case will also be asked about travel history and Covid-19 patient interaction (if any).
You may share your documents on this link https://bit.ly/CovidTestForm .
Our customer support team will reach out to you for these documents before confirming the time slot.
Why is COVID-RTPCR done?
Who should be tested
1. All symptomatic individuals with ILI (influenza-like illness) symptoms with a history of international travel in the last 14 days.
2. All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.
3. All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) individuals who are health care workers/frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of COVID19.
4. All patients suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).
5. Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case who are to be tested once between day 5 and day 10 after coming in contact.
6. All symptomatic ILI people within hotspots/containment zones.
7. All hospitalized patients who develop ILI symptoms.
8. All returnees and migrants with symptomatic ILI within 7 days of illness.
9. No emergency procedure should be delayed for a lack of testing. However, samples can be sent for testing if any of the above (1- 8) criteria are met.
Note: A case of ILI is defined as one where acute respiratory infection with fever ≥ 38◦C AND cough are present. SARI case is defined as one where acute respiratory infection with fever ≥ 38◦C AND cough are present AND requires immediate hospitalization. All testing in the above-mentioned categories is recommended by the real-time RT-PCR test only.
Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about COVID-RTPCR
Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus Covid-19 Test (RT-PCR technique)