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If you, or a member of your family, starts with the symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to be researching ‘Where is PCR testing near me?’. Various drive-through testing sites are available and, according to government data, are a median distance of 4.3 miles away from most people [1]. But what if you’re too poorly to drive? Or you don’t have access to a car? Or are too worried about passing on the virus if you get a lift with someone else? A PCR test that you can perform yourself in the comfort of your home, with next-day results, would be ideal.

Thanks to AlphaBiolabs, this is now a reality.

PCR testing at home

A self-contained sample collection kit can be posted out to you with full instructions to take your own nose and throat swab samples (or those of a family member). Once you have collected your samples, the used swabs are returned to the testing laboratory in pre-paid, tracked-return packaging.

When your samples arrive at AlphaBiolabs’ COVID-19 dedicated laboratory, scientific specialists will analyse your swabs to determine if you are infected with the COVID-19 virus or if you are negative. You will receive your results by email the next working day. If positive, you will need to start quarantining and limit contact with your family, friends and colleagues. If negative, you can carry on as normal with no worries as to whether you are infective.

Accurate and rapid PCR testing near me

The AlphaBiolabs home COVID-19 PCR test detects the presence of COVID-19-specific RNA within a positive sample. The scientific processes and analysis methods used are 100% accurate and will confirm whether the person being tested has an active COVID-19 infection, even if they are not displaying any symptoms (asymptomatic). Up to 80% of people infected with COVID-19 will show no symptoms or only minor ones. This home COVID-19 PCR test can therefore be essential if you are planning to visit elderly or vulnerable friends or family.

The COVID-19 PCR test costs £150. It can also be used if you intend to travel internationally within the next 72 hours and need a travel PCR test report. 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.

AlphaBiolabs is an award-winning UKAS-accredited laboratory, which is specialised in COVID-19 testing. For workplace customers we also offer PCR testing with next day results and two onsite COVID-19 tests with rapid results. Its Antigen (Ag) Rapid Test can detect a current coronavirus infection in just 15 minutes using a swab to take nose and throat samples. The IgM-IgG Antibody 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.

For further information on any of these COVID-19 tests, please contact our Customer Services team on 0333 600 1300, or email info@alphabiolabs.com

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-test-and-trace-england-and-coronavirus-testing-uk-statistics-17-september-to-23-september-2020/weekly-statistics-for-nhs-test-and-trace-england-and-coronavirus-testing-uk-17-september-to-23-september

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AlphaBiolabs offers a range of COVID-19 testing options for private individuals and businesses