There are several types of home-testing available for COVID-19. At LifeHub and LifeClinic, we offer two doctor recommended tests based on your risk and current status:
This is a finger prick test where the blood is tested for antibodies fighting COVID-19. Results are available within 15 minutes and results accuracy is at 80% (accuracy determined by manufacturer).
Who Can Take This Test
- Those with no symptoms but have been exposed to high-risk areas or in close contact with those who have been exposed to high-risk areas in the last 14 days (travel, use of public transport, attended public places etc)
- Those with symptoms but have not been exposed to high risk-areas or close contact with those who have been exposed to high-risk areas in the last 14 days
- Those with no symptoms and have not been exposed to high-risk areas or in close contact with who have been exposed to high-risk areas in the last 14 days
If your Rapid Test results show ‘POSITIVE’, self-quarantine yourself and household members and contact your nearest hospital immediately here
Laboratory Swab Test
This is a DNA test done by swabbing for lower respiratory tract specimens through the nose and throat. Once sent to the laboratory for analysis, the lab will compare the genetic material obtained with the genetic code of the virus. Results are available within 24-72 hours and accuracy is 95%-98%.
Who Can Take This Test
- Those with no symptoms and have not been exposed to high risk areas in Hong Kong within the last 14 days
If your laboratory swab test results show ‘POSITIVE’, the Department Of Health will contact both you and your doctor.
If You Test Negative For COVID-19
At the time your specimen was collected, you probably were not infected at the time. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection at the time of your specimen collection and that you could test positive later, or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.
During these uncertain times, please practise social distancing, maintain proper hygiene practices and comply with the rules and regulations outlined by the CDC