PCR testing in London is considered the gold standard for testing viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 and can confirm if the person being tested has an active COVID-19 infection regardless of whether they are asymptomatic or displaying symptoms. This means that anyone testing negative for COVID-19 is safe to carry on as normal. Anyone testing positive can be quickly isolated to prevent any further spread.
London’s infection rate is currently 0.3% of the population, compared with 0.5% in north-west and north-east England. Experts believe it could be just a matter of time before the capital starts experiencing infection levels seen elsewhere.
Professor Callum Semple, of Liverpool University and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said: “London is lagging behind. Give it 4 weeks and south London could be where Manchester and Liverpool are now.”
Rapid and accurate PCR testing in London
As well as being 100% accurate, AlphaBiolabs’ COVID-19 PCR test can be performed at home, with next-day results, for just £150. With school half-term holidays approaching, the recent upsurge in UK coronavirus cases may mean that British holidaymakers will have to provide a negative test before entering foreign countries. This home PCR test can provide you with a travel PCR test report if you intend to travel internationally.
Perhaps you’ve been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service and want to know for sure whether or not you’re infectious? A negative test would mean that you could still visit your elderly or vulnerable relatives without having to worry.
How does PCR testing in London work?
The AlphaBiolabs home COVID-19 PCR test detects the presence of COVID-19-specific RNA within a positive sample. The testing kit is posted out to your home with full instructions on how to take the nose and throat samples. Once collected, your samples are returned to the testing laboratory in pre-paid, tracked-return packaging. You will receive your results by email the next working day.
AlphaBiolabs also provides specialised COVID-19 PCR testing in London for local and national businesses, alongside two onsite COVID-19 tests with rapid results. The COVID-19 Antigen (Ag) Rapid Test requires a nose and throat swab sample and can detect a current coronavirus infection in just 15 minutes. The IgM-IgG Antibody Rapid Test also takes just 15 minutes to detect a body’s immunological response to an active or recent exposure to COVID-19 using a finger-prick blood sample.
AlphaBiolabs have two London Walk-in Centres (appointment only) based in Camden in North London, Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, NW5 2BX and Lambeth in South London, Springfield Medical Centre, 110 Union Road, SW8 2SH.
Order a coronavirus test
AlphaBiolabs offers a range of COVID-19 testing options for private individuals and businesses