Respiratory PCR testing

Respiratory PCR testing

Respiratory PCR Screenings are used to diagnose viral respiratory illness, including influenza (flu), RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), and COVID-19.

In Africa, and South Africa in particular, the arrival of the winter months often sees a spike in respiratory disease among the population. Resporat illnesses are most prevalent in young children and the elderly.

Early detection is vital to support timely clinical management and minimise progression to more serious illness. To keep yourself healthy and prevent the spread of disease, it is advisable that you get tested for respiratory diseases. Please note, you need a doctor’s referral letter to get tested.

Why get tested for Respiratory illnesses?

The test results can help:

  • Assist in the specific and rapid diagnosis of acute respiratory tract infections.
  • Improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosis.
  • Enables the healthcare professional to initiate early targeted treatment of viral or bacterial infections avoiding unnecessary antibiotic therapy
  • For businesses- It can help prevent the spread of disease in the workplace

Who needs a Respiratory PCR test?

If you have any of the symptoms below, it is recommended that you get tested. However, your healthcare practitioner will advise if testing is necessary. 

  • Persistent cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing up blood

What Samples are required for a PCR test?

Samples will include one of the following:

  • Nose/throat swab
  • Sputum (mucus and saliva coughed up from the respiratory tract)
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