Corona (COVID-19)

What is a PCR test and when is it used?

PCR (molecular) tests look for the genetic material of the virus itself in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).  

Please note that currently no appointments for a PCR test can be made in our practices.

How does a PCR test work?

A PCR test can be used to directly detect the virus:
The viral genome, the genetic information of the coronavirus, is detected using molecular test systems (real-time PCR). The test procedure is characterised by a high sensitivity (the higher the sensitivity of a test, the more reliably it detects a disease).

The result is available in 12 to 48 hours under normal test conditions.
A positive test is automatically reported by the laboratory to the relevant health authority.
The responsible health authority will then contact you and inform you about the further procedure and quarantine measures. Until then, please avoid all contact as far as possible and stay at home.

Important: The PCR test is only suitable for the current detection of the virus and says nothing about previous covid infections.