Real time RT–PCR is one of the most widely used laboratory methods for detecting the COVID-19 virus. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a lab technique combining reverse transcription or RNA into DNA and amplification of specific DNA targets using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). It is primarily used to measure the amount of a specific RNA. This is achieved by monitoring the amplification reaction using fluorescence, a technique called real-time PCR or quantitative PCR (qPCR). A positive result is highly specific for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus.


Antibodies are produced by your immune system during a viral attack; they bind to foreign substances like viruses and bacteria, neutralizing them. Antibody testing looks for IgM antibodies which appear within days of infection, and IgG antibodies that remain in the blood and provide long-term protection.

Rapid COVID Antigen TEST

RAPID Antigen tests directly detect the presence or absence of an antigen. It is commonly used for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Rapid tests are a type of lateral flow tests that detect protein, distinguishing it from other medical tests that detect antibody, or nucleic acid. Antigen tests look for pieces of proteins that make up the SARSCoV-2 virus to determine if the person has an active infection. A positive antigen test means that the person being tested has an active COVID-19 infection.

Rapid Molecular PCR TEST

The RAPID molecular PCR test uses isothermal nucleic acid amplification technology for qualitative detection of SARSCoV-2 RdRp gene. Using fluorescent reporter probes—known as NEAR technology, an on-site test is performed using the Abbott ID NOW molecular PCR assay machine.