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Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR in Kolkata

Also known as RT-PCR technique, SARS-CoV-2
You need to provide
Nasal Swab, Throat Swab
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation is required.
  2. A duly filled Covid-19 Clinical Information Form / ID as mandated by the Government of India (GOI), is mandatory for sample collection.
  3. Note for Bangalore location: OTP is mandatory for SRF (Specimen Referral Form) generation/Processing of samples.
  4. Note For Gurgaon location: Covid vaccination certificate is mandatory for this test.

Understanding Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR in Kolkata


What is Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR in Kolkata?

A Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR helps detect coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at an early stage and is available at an affordable price in Kolkata with Tata 1mg labs. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus [also called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)]. This test detects the genetic material of the virus present in the sample. It uses a technique known as real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). RT-PCR is done with a nasal or throat swab and is considered the most reliable and accurate test (Gold standard) for early detection and timely treatment of coronavirus disease.

Your doctor may suggest a Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR if you have symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, breathing difficulty, nasal congestion, and diarrhea, among others. It can also be suggested if you have traveled to areas where COVID-19 prevalence is high or have been in contact with a COVID-positive person.

What does Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR measure?

A Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR test is an ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) approved test that helps to identify coronavirus infection by detecting the presence of the genetic material of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) in the body. This test uses a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) method, the gold standard for detecting the presence of viruses.

A positive test result means the presence of an active COVID-19 infection. If you test positive, stay home, separate yourself from others, and keep in touch with your doctor. A negative test result indicates an absence of an active infection at the time of sample collection. However, it doesn't mean you are safe at any time. You can get infected with COVID-19 and spread the virus to others any time after testing. Continue to take measures to protect yourself and others from getting the infection.

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR in Kolkata


Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR in Kolkata

Q. What is the full form of a COVID-19 RT PCR test?

COVID-19 is an acronym that stands for coronavirus disease of 2019, and the full form of RT-PCR is reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction which is a testing method used to diagnose COVID-19.

Q. What is the duration between being infected with COVID-19 and testing positive for it?

The time taken for someone to test positive for COVID-19 after infection can vary. Generally, the virus can be detected in the body within a few days to a few weeks after exposure. Some people may test positive even after recovery from COVID-19; this can be due to the presence of residual viral load in the body.

Q. How is a COVID-19 RT PCR test performed?

A healthcare professional will collect a sample, usually through a nasal or throat swab, which is then sent to the laboratory for analysis. The process is fairly easy, but you might experience some itching and irritation at the time of sample collection.

Q. How accurate is a COVID-19 RT PCR test?

A COVID-19 RT PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detecting COVID-19 with high sensitivity and specificity. However, the accuracy of the test may depend on the timing of the test and the quality of the sample collected.

Q. What is the difference between a COVID-19 RT PCR test and an antigen test for COVID-19?

A COVID-19 RT PCR test detects the presence of genetic material (RNA) from the COVID-19 virus, whereas the antigen test for COVID-19 detects the proteins (antigens) from the virus. Both these tests help detect COVID-19 infection.

Q. How do I interpret my COVID-19 RT PCR test report?

A negative result indicates that you do not have COVID-19 disease, whereas a positive test result indicates that your body has been infected with the coronavirus. However, sometimes the results can be false-positive too. In such a case, your doctor may ask for a repeat testing.

Q. Can I use a COVID-19 test kit at home?

Yes, there are a variety of self-use COVID-19 test kits available in the market. The most commonly used are the COVID-19 Real-Time PCR detection kit and the COVID-19 antigen detection kit. The contents of the kit can vary depending on the brand but generally, it includes testing directions, sample collection containers, nasal swabs, and test solutions.

Q. Which COVID-19 vaccines are recommended by the WHO?

Some of the COVID-19 vaccines recommended by the WHO are inactivated or weakened virus vaccines, i.e., Sinovac-Coronavac, Sinopharm, Bharat, and Valneva; protein-based vaccines, i.e., Novavax or Covishield; viral vector vaccines created by AstraZeneca/Oxford, Janssen, and CanSino; and RNA and DNA vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

Q. Which COVID-19 vaccines are developed by India?

Covaxin by Bharat Biotech is the indigenous vaccine developed by India.

Q. Is a COVID-19 test offered by Tata 1mg Labs in Kolkata?

Yes, a COVID-19 test is offered by Tata 1mg Labs in Kolkata. The test is easy to book, is affordable, and comes with a comprehensible report.

Q. Is a COVID-19 test eligible for home sample collection in Kolkata?

Yes, a COVID-19 test is eligible for home sample collection in Kolkata. The Tata 1mg app also allows you to select the date and time for sample collection as per your convenience.

Q. How can I schedule a COVID-19 test with Tata 1mg Labs in Kolkata?

If you want to schedule a COVID-19 test with Tata 1mg Labs in Kolkata, the procedure is fairly easy and hassle-free. Follow these steps to book a test: 1). Visit the Lab Tests section on the Tata 1mg website. 2). Add the test you want in the cart. 3). Pick a time and date slot according to your convenience; however, do consider the necessary prerequisites while scheduling a test. 4). You will receive a notification with all the details once the test is scheduled.

Q. What is the price of a COVID-19 test in Kolkata?

Tata 1mg Labs is a pocket-friendly platform for booking lab tests. In Kolkata, a COVID-19 test is available at an affordable price of Rs. 500.

Q. How long does Tata 1mg Labs take to give the reports of a COVID-19 test in Kolkata?

At Tata 1mg Labs, we understand the importance of timely results. We strive to provide fast turnaround times for test results, allowing you to promptly get the information you need. On average, we take 18 hours to provide the reports of a COVID-19 test in Kolkata.
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Coronavirus Covid-19 Test- RT-PCR test price for other cities


Price inNew DelhiRs. 500
Price inBangaloreRs. 750
Price inGurgaonRs. 499
Price inMumbaiRs. 700
Price inPuneRs. 700
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