Express-PCR-Test

With the express PCR test you can get a very accurate result in just about 30 minutes.

The express PCR test is the safest method of detecting an infection with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2. In the RT-PCR test, the genetic material of the existing virus is amplified to such an extent that it can be detected even with a low virus load.

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How the Express PCR test works

Sample collection for PCR testing can be done in a number of ways.

On the one hand, there is the classic nose and throat swab, in which our medically trained employees use a very thin cotton ball (the so-called “swab”) to take a swab from the pharyngeal wall and from the nasopharynx. This is done quickly, thoroughly and a little awkwardly.

Alternatively, it is possible to carry out a gargle test. This involves gargling with a saline solution for 20 seconds. The World Health Organization (WHO) put this method on a par with nose and throat swabs in terms of accuracy.

With RT-PCR testing, the samples are examined for the genetic material of the virus. For this purpose, the samples are analyzed with a special machine directly in the test station, where the genetic material of the virus is amplified using the so-called polymerase chain reaction. This technique can also be used to identify infected people with a low viral load.

The high reliability of the PCR test is the reason why a negative PCR result is often required for air travel, hotel accommodation and when entering many countries.

By using PCR tests as part of the national testing strategy, when traveling and when there is a suspicion of Covid-19 disease, chains of infection can be broken and our fellow human beings protected.

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Therefore you should choose the (Express) PCR test

There are various reasons to choose the PCR test.

Extremely Fast

Our test stations deliver your test result as quickly as you need it - ideally within thirty minutes

Convenient

Our labs will email you your results directly. So you can get tested on-the-go and avoid annoying waiting times.

Cheap

It is important to break chains of infection and flatten waves. That's why we always keep our prices as low as possible.

Forgery-Proof

All results from Coronatest.de are equipped with an individual, verifiable QR code (BärCODE) and are therefore protected against counterfeiting.

Individually

Various types of sample collection and different processing times offer PCR tests that are tailored to your personal needs.

Reliable

PCR tests are the most reliable way to get tested for Covid-19. The RT-PCR technique makes it possible to identify people with a low viral load.

Suitable for Travel

Many countries, airlines and hotels require a negative PCR test for arrival and transit. Our results are NAAT EU compliant and suitable for international travel.

If you are interested in group or company bookings for a PCR test, please contact us.

Are you planning to implement group or company-wide testing or want to take protective measures for your event?

With our mobile test station, we offer you the opportunity to test your employees or guests for acute SARS-CoV-2 infections directly on site using antigen or RT-PCR tests. This allows you to avoid waiting times and receive your test results quickly, with high reliability, and tailored to your individual needs.

We also offer the option to test groups in our test stations even outside of regular operating hours. Send us your query by email or contact us by phone during our opening hours.

Questions about my PCR test

How do gargle tests and swab tests differ?

There are two ways to take a Covid-19 sample.

The best-known method is the nose and throat swab. A small cotton swab is inserted in mouth and nose throat.

Gargling is a relatively new method. The World Health Organization WHO has equated it with the nose and throat swap in terms of accuracy. And in Vienna, this method has already become the standard. This method benefits from being simple, pain-free and more pleasant for the individuals getting tested.

Is RT-PCR the right test if I need a PCR test?

Yes, RT-PCR tests is used to detect SARS-CoV-2 viruses in samples. RT-PCR tests detect RNA-viruses, PCR tests detect DNA viruses. SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, so it can be detected with the help of the RT-PCR method.

The reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (short RT-PCR) is the combination of two methods of the molecular biology – the use of reverse transcription (RT) and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) – to detect RNA.

Should I schedule a visit for the PCR test?

Scheduling a visit is not necessary. We recommend advance registration and payment at berlin-coronatest.de to avoid having to wait. Fast lane access will be available in this case..

When should I get tested regarding travel restrictions of my airline or destination country?

Please be aware that PCR processing currently takes up to 24-36 hours in 98% of cases, on rare occasions even longer. It is your responsibility to be informed of any travel restrictions by your airline or destination country, including whether the time restrictions for testing apply to your departure, arrival, or any layovers on your trip. We cannot give you any general answers. Please contact official institutes or your airline for more information.

We strongly recommend booking a rebookable or refundable flight as there is always a possibility of travel restrictions changing with little advance notice.

How old do I have to be to get tested via PCR test?

We perform the PCR gargle tests on children from 6 years old on. The PCR swabtest from 14 years old on. Parents have to accompany their children of 6/ 14 years and under 16 years to the test at our stations. To register your kid that is younger than 14 years with the right birthyear please contact our service team via email or our staff at the station.

 

Minors 16 years of age or older can independently register for the test and do not need to be accompanied to the testing facility but need to provide the parents’ or guardians’ written consent when taking the test.

Why do you offer the gargling test too?

We provide a gargle test for PCR testing. This is a less common method that we offer for a variety of reasons. Many people find gargling to be more pleasant than a nose and throat swab. Using this method, we can offer PCR testing to children ages 6 and above. In addition, the test procedure can be done entirely without direct contact with our staff.

 

This gargling method is now being recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an alternative to the nose and throat swab. And in Vienna, this method has already become the standard. The Apotheken-Umschau reported on this.

 

Scientific background and more information:

 

Saliva from the pharynx and nose and throat swabs have achieved similar SARS-CoV-2 detection rates. As saliva can be easily collected, the use of saliva as an alternative sample type is being recommended as a means to detect SARS-CoV-2. (full study: Europe PMC)

 

An increase in testing methods beyond the commonly used nose and throat swab allows for a higher number of tested individuals and more effective monitoring of the spread of COVID-19. (full study: PubMed)

Why is your PCR test so low in price?

We have very low prices for our PCR tests because our procedures are different than in a doctor’s office where every analysis is done one after the other and the results are genrated and sent by hand.

 

Currently many people need tests for a detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. For such a large amount of people procedures have to be adapted and that is what we did. We can make that happen with partners that are focussing on effectiveness just like us.

 

We save time because we improved procedures, simplified and digitized them. And who saves time, saves money. And that leads to a big advantage in price for you. We are pretty happy being able to offer you that.

 

How is the PCR test performed?

Our gargle test is performed with a light saline solution that you gargle for 20 seconds. The PCR swab test is performed with a thin cotton swab that gets inserted into mouth and nose throat. The sample is then sent to the lab and analyzed.

When and how will I receive my PCR test result?

After the smple was given at our station it will be send to the laboratory where it will be analyzed. You will then receive your result as a PDF document at the email address you used during registration. You can print it out yourself if desired.

In 98% of the cases the test result is issued in 24 to 36 hours in German and Englisch.

The lab processing the results is independent from the opening hours of our testing facilities. Your test result may therefore be delivered outside of our opening hours (including at night or during the early hours of the morning).

What is PCR testing?

PCR testing is a standard practice in virus diagnostics which can be partially automated. To do this, the samples have to be transported to the lab as quickly as possible. With the PCR method, the genetic material of the virus is multiplied to such an extent that it can be detected even if it is only present in small quantities. This procedure currently takes about four to five hours. Additionally, the transport to and preparation period in the lab as well as potential wait times because of high sample volume also take some time. (source: Bundesgesundheitsministerium)

Which date will be included on my test result?

Your test result will include date and time of both test implimentation and issuance of test result.

What will my PCR test result look like?

Here you see an example of a PCR swab test result with all contained information. The results are always in english AND german: Example PCR test result

 

The result of the PCR gargle test looks the same but with the different method.

Are the PCR tests officially approved?

All of our PCR test results are certified in an officially recognized and licenced German laboratory by our laboratory physician.

When and why should I get tested?

The best way to prevent transmission of COVID-19 is to protect yourself and others from infection. It is essential to observe hygiene etiquette rules and practice social distancing. Before interacting with others (e.g., at a family reunion or a meeting with friends, a visit in a hospital or in a nursing home or before returning to the office), or if you think you might have contracted the disease, a test for infection will provide additional safety.

 

If you want to shorten your quarantine period after having returned from a high-risk area, you can now (starting December 1, 2020) do so with an appropriate test. This has been agreed upon by federal and state (Länder) governments. (source: Berlin.de)

 

Additionally, due to the current situation, some countries require antigen tests or even PCR tests for entry. Information on when and how you need to get tested can be found on the website of the Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) under ‘Sicher reisen’.

What happens if the test is positive?

Being infected carries the risk of spreading the disease to others. If your test result is positive, immediate quarantine and initiation of the measures defined by the Robert-Koch-Institute in collaboration with the local Health Authorities (Gesundheitsamt) are mandatory. Additionally you should do a PCR test after receiving a positive antigen rapid test result. If the test is positive, you will receive information on what to do next.

Because COVID-19 is a reportable disease under German law, we are obligated to notify the local Health Authorities and initiate further procedures. Your local Health Authorities’ contact information can be found here:https://tools.rki.de/PLZTool/

You need more information regarding actual situations, restrictions and requirements? Please inform yourself on the internet sites of public authorities: