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Accurate & Timely COVID RT-PCR Test In Chennai

The COVID19 crisis seems unlikely to abate soon. As the world battles one ferocious wave after another, the situation underscores the need for reliable testing services. Anderson Diagnostics & Labs, Chennai, has the diagnostic technology and the medical acumen to offer COVID19 RT-PCR tests to screen the disease. Every RT-PCR COVID19 test is conducted by our trained phlebotomists, who collect samples only if the patient has a doctor’s prescription. Trust Anderson Diagnostics & Labs, Chennai, for safe and reliable COVID19 RT-PCR tests.

Know All About RT-PCR Testing

RT-PCR testing is also known as Rapid Antigen Testing or RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. It is considered one of the most accurate testing methods to detect the presence of the COVID19 virus. The RT-PCR is recommended by regulatory agencies such as the FDA and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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When Should You Test for COVID19?

Your doctor will recommend an RT-PCR COVID 19 test if you exhibit the following symptoms:

High-Grade Fever
Body Pain
Chills And Cough
Severe Headache
Sore Throat
Sudden Loss Of Taste Or Smell
Shortness Of Breath
General Fatigue
Runny Nose
Chest Congestion
Diarrhoea
Nausea And Vomiting

COVID19 remains a mysterious and unpredictable disease, and so are the symptoms associated with it. Some infected people are completely asymptomatic, and not all infected people develop the symptoms listed above. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms, irrespective of whether you are vaccinated or not.

What Happens During A COVID19 RT-PCR Test?

Sample Collection

To screen for the presence of the COVID19 virus, our lab technician will collect samples of the respiratory material found in your nose and throat using nasal swabs or nasopharyngeal swabs. The swabs are carefully sealed in a tube and brought to our lab for further testing procedures.

Extraction

The next step in the process is extraction. Our phlebotomist extracts any genetic material from the sample. The process also includes the extraction of viral genetic material if it is present in the sample.

The PCR

In the final PCR step, our technicians use a special PCR machine known as a thermal cycler and several special chemicals to check for the presence of the virus. These chemicals induce a reaction that creates millions of copies of the COVID19 virus’s genetic material. The thermal cycler alerts the technician if SARS-CoV-2 is present in the sample, and a special software interprets the positive results.

What Does A COVID19 RT-PCR Test Report Indicate?

Like most diagnostic tests, the RT-PCR tests have either positive or negative outcomes
Positive Test Result
A Positive test result indicates infection with the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Sometimes, it can also be an asymptomatic infection. You must consult your doctor immediately if your test is positive and follow their prescribed course of treatment from home or at the hospital. To stop the spread of the virus, you should isolate yourself from others.
NegativeTest Result

A negative test result can mean an absence of COVID19 infection when the sample was drawn. However, it does not mean that you are completely safe. It is possible that you are infected but don’t have symptoms. Also, there is the possibility of viral presence that wasn’t detected in the test.

It is important to remember that you are susceptible to SARS-Cov-2 infection even after the RT-PCR test.

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What Does A COVID19 RT-PCR Test Report Indicate?

Cover Your Nose And Mouth With A Clean Mask
Sanitise Your Hands
Maintain Social Distancing

RT-PCR Test Charges: How Much Will It Cost In Chennai?

The RT-PCR test is priced differently across states. COVID test charges vary for Government hospitals and private healthcare institutions. The RT-PCR test rate is different across states. Generally, the test cost is around Rs. 300/ for Government hospitals and not more than Rs. 1000/ in other centres. You may have to pay extra if you want the technician to make a house visit to collect the sample.

You can contact us for the details regarding COVID test charges in Chennai.

RT-PCR COVID19 Test Report Availability

The duration for the test report availability for an RT-PCR COVID19 test can vary from a few hours to a few days. You may collect the report from our lab in Chennai or generate the RT-PCR test report online. We strongly advise you to consult your referring doctor as soon as you have the results.

Prompt & Precise RT-PCR COVID Tests For Travellers

RT-PCR tests are now a mandate for air travel. The test is compulsory if you are travelling to certain states within India or flying abroad. The guidelines for the RT-PCR test for travel differs for each state. You may check here for the travel guidelines.

Thanks to the pandemic, the norms for travel are highly confusing, demanding, and stressful. We at Anderson Diagnostics & Labs endeavour to simplify the process for you with quick and easy Molecular RT-PCR COVID testing. Our test results are accepted worldwide, and we shall deliver them within 24 hours.

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FAQs For Patients/General Public/Individuals

1. How does COVID19 spread?

The Novel Coronavirus is highly contagious. The virus spreads from person to person through the respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus is more likely to spread if people are clustered within six feet of each other.

2. Who should get an RT-PCR/COVID test?

We recommend a COVID RT-PCR test for anyone who experiences the initial symptoms of the viral infection, which are mainly the loss of smell and difficulty in breathing. People with other flu-like symptoms should not mistake it as a common cold. You must have a COVID RT-PCR test if you have any of the symptoms we have mentioned earlier.

3. When will you need an RT-PCR test?

You will require an RT-PCR test if you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID19. The test is also mandatory if you are travelling abroad or to other states in the country.

4. What are the documents needed for (COVID -19) testing?

All you need is valid ID proof such as your Aadhar, Voter ID, or passport.

5. Is the RT-PCR test available for children and the elderly?

Yes, the RT-PCR test is available for children of all ages and senior citizens. This test is the most widely used qualitative method to detect specific nucleic acids in genetic material. It is used worldwide to detect the presence of the COVID19 virus.

6. Is RT-PCR test home collection done at your lab?

Yes, of course. To know more about our RT-PCR test home collection, click here.

7. Does the RT-PCR test have any side effects?

The COVID RT-PCR test is completely harmless, and you will not experience any side effects. However, there is a high chance of getting a false-negative or false-positive result.

8. How accurate is the RT-PCR test?

Antigen Rapid diagnostic test uses Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT-PCR) diagnostic panels to detect the presence of SARS-Cov-2 virus. According to experts, the RT-PCR test is far more reliable and accurate than other antigen and antibodies tests.

9. What are the different types of COVID19 tests available?

COVID-19 diagnostic tests are broadly classified into Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests and Antibody tests. Both tests use different samples to identify different variations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. All RT-PCR tests are diagnosed in labs. However, Lateral Flow Tests or LTFs can diagnose COVID19 on the spot. But they are not as accurate as PCR tests. Serology or antibody tests cannot diagnose an active infection. Yet, they can be used to determine a person’s immunity to COVID19.

10. Who is at a higher risk of catching a COVID19 infection?

Based on what we know about the SARS-Cov-2 virus, older adults and those with the following medical conditions are highly vulnerable to the virus:

  • Chronic lung disease
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Serious cardiac conditions
  • Obesity
  • Liver diseases
  • Immuno-compromised medical conditions
  • Aged people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • Chronic kidney diseases requiring dialysis
  • People aged 65 and above
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