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Corona PCR test

What is a PCR test and when is it used?

The test using PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) in the swab is suitable for finding out whether a coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection is present. The swab is taken from the nose or throat.  

Please note that appointments for a PCR test cannot currently be made in our practices.


How does a PCR test work?

Direct virus detection is possible using a PCR test:
The virus genome, the genetic information of the coronavirus, detected via molecular test systems (real-time PCR). The test procedure is characterized by high sensitivity (the higher the sensitivity of a test, the more reliably it detects an illness).

With normal test volumes, the result is available in 12 to 48 hours.
A positive test is automatically reported by the laboratory to the relevant health authority.
The responsible health authority will then contact you and inform you about the further procedure and quarantine measures. Until then, please avoid all contacts as much as possible and stay at home.


Important: The PCR test is only for current detection of the virus and says nothing about previous Covid infections.