Quick access to testing is critical to identify people who have contracted COVID-19. As soon as they know they have the disease, they can self-isolate to focus on their health and to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
What tests are available?
Understand the different COVID-19 tests
|Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) molecular tests||Antigen tests|
|This kind of test is usually called a 'PCR' or 'RT-PCR' test.||Antigen tests are also called 'rapid diagnostic tests'.|
|Read more on PCR testing.||Read more on Antigen testing.|
There is also a third type of test available - an antibody test - that is useful in identifying people who have already had the infection and may no longer be infectious. This type of test is not used to diagnose an active COVID-19 infection.