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RT-PCR Test: Why And How to Book RT-PCR Test? Important Guide

RT-PCR is done to detect specific genes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus

RT-PCR test booking can be done online by visiting the websites

Carrying your Aadhar Card or other ID for the test is mandatory

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Bajaj Finserv Health
November 9th, 2021
7 mins read

The reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a molecular test that detects specific genes of SARS-CoV-2. This is the virus that causes COVID-19. It is a reliable and accurate covid test and you should book RTPCR test if you have any signs of COVID-19. After the RTPCR booking, trained professionals will carry out the test with the help of the test kit. The sample may be gathered by taking an oral or nasal swab.

The PCR technology is used to amplify small amounts of RNA into DNA. This is replicated until the novel coronavirus is detected [1]. Read on to know more about this test, when to do an RTPCR test booking, and how to book RTPCR online.

When should you opt for RTPCR test booking? 

You should book RTPCR test and get tested as soon you see the early signs of coronavirus. Your doctor may recommend a COVID test if you have:  

  • Fever 
  • Chills 
  • Cough
  • Breathing difficulty 
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body ache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea [2]

Not everyone develops these symptoms. You may have a few of these and so, you need to check with your physician.

Additional Read: COVID-19 vs Influenza: How Are These Respiratory Illnesses Similar?

How is an RTPCR covid test done? 

This is an oral or nasal swab test. A swab is used to collect a sample from your nose. There are several types of nose swabs. Once collected, the swab is sealed and sent to a laboratory for examination. The genetic material is then isolated from the rest of the material in the sample. The specimens are amplified to turn RNA into DNA. Once the required DNA number has been reached, the test will show whether or not the SARS-CoV-2 virus is present. A PCR machine named thermal cycler [3] along with chemicals and enzymes is used during this process.

What does the RTPCR test result mean? 

If your test result is positive and you have symptoms, then you are infected by the virus. However, if you are asymptomatic and test positive, you may be infected with SARS-CoV-2. A negative test result means that you didn’t have an infection when your swab sample was collected. Remember that a negative result doesn’t mean that you are safe from the virus. You should take appropriate precautions at all times. Contact medical help near you if you start showing symptoms. Most positive cases are mild and people recover at home without any medical care.

rtpcr test procedure

How to book RTPCR test? 

First and foremost, if you experience symptoms, speak with your local health care provider in person or virtually. They will review your symptoms and advise you to get tested if required. Your healthcare provider may also help you find a testing center. If you came in contact with the virus but do not have symptoms yet, call the testing center to check with them. They will recommend the next steps to take. Do not visit a healthcare center without specific instructions.

You can also book RTPCR test at home by visiting websites online. Check the sites of health centers, clinics, or hospitals for such a service. You may also check on the concerned local and state health department websites for information on testing centers and booking. RTPCR test online booking is much faster, easier, and safer. While you wait for approval or for a slot to get assigned to you, do your best to isolate from others, sanitize your hands and follow proper protocol until your test is done.

Additional Read: D-Dimer Test: What is the Significance of this Test in COVID?

You may opt for RTPCR online booking as it is more convenient and you can do it right from home. Have your Aadhaar card or other ID ready before this test as it is mandatory. Reports are generally available in less than 24 hours to 48 hours. In most cases, you can access them online. To safeguard yourself and others from COVID-19, get vaccinated. You can also do a COVID antibody test to check your immunity against this virus. Whether you need a blood test or an RTPCR test, book online on Bajaj Finserv Health. You can also book an online doctor consultation to get all your COVID test and vaccination queries answered.

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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