PCR testing still plays a vital role in detecting the virus. It can inform us of who is infected and who is not. Not only does PCR testing still exist for people who have symptoms of COVID-19, but it is also still used for international travel purposes to prevent it from spreading from country to country. Here is some information you should know about PCR tests in Croydon.
What Are the Symptoms of Covid-19?
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of the virus, as this may impact your decision on taking a PCR test. The Symptoms to be aware of are:
- High temperature/fever
- A new and continuous cough
- Loss/change to taste and smell
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
As these symptoms are very similar to other illnesses such as the flu, some may find taking a PCR test beneficial to identify if the virus is present or not.
Do I Take A PCR Test If I Have a Positive Lateral Flow Result?
Rules for PCR testing are ever-changing, and it is important to keep up to date with these changes regularly to ensure you are following guidance to keep yourself and others safe. In England, if you test positive on a lateral flow, you are not required to confirm this with a PCR. You should only confirm this with a PCR if:
- You need Test and Trace Support Payment
- You are eligible for new COVID-19 medical treatments
- You are undergoing research and have been asked to do so
- You have tested positive on a lateral flow on day 2 of arriving in England from outside of the UK
Where To Get A PCR Test in Croydon?
In Croydon, you can either get a PCR test at a testing site or carry one out at home.
For a testing site appointment, you can go online using a booking system and choose an appointment at your nearest walk-in centre. With a quick online search, you will be able to see the nearest site locations.
To carry out a test at home, you can order a testing kit online and it will be delivered to your door. The swab sample will then have to be sent back to a lab to be examined in order for you to receive your results.
How Do I Get A PCR Test for International Travel?
For international travel, PCR’s are still required in many countries as well as in the UK for unvaccinated travellers.
The same rules apply to getting your PCR test for travel purposes; either at a walk-in testing site or an at-home testing kit. However, it is important to know that NHS PCR’s are not approved for travel, therefore you will have to buy your PCR through a government-approved provider.
Providers can be found online, and you can decide which test you want to buy as result times will vary depending on which type of test is carried out. Prices will also vary based on this factor.
Finding a PCR test in Croydon is easy with the help of a Google search. Whether you wish to attend an appointment or do it at home, both options are available to you. It is always recommended that if you are too unwell to visit a testing site, to order a test if necessary.