RT-PCR nasopharyngeal swab test

 

RT-PCR, or real-time polymerase chain reaction, is used to detect coronavirus in nasopharyngeal (nasal secretions) samples (also called nasopharyngeal swabs). RT-PCR technology targets specific subdivisions of the virus' genetic material to detect whether a person has the new coronavirus. RT-PCR qualitatively assesses the presence of the virus by replicating thousands of such genetic material. These tests only detect the virus if the person is currently infected Turnaround time: 24 hours

 

**Test results can be used for flight clearance**