COVID-19 Testing Solutions by IQ Doctor
05 November, 2021 | Raja
Frequent testing for COVID-19 is crucial to supplement the vaccination efforts and limit the virus’s spread. As per updated laws, COVID-19 testing stands to become more frequent, and thus you need to know about the testing solutions on offer and whether they are by accredited providers.
IQ doctor is a fully registered online pharmacy authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to provide medicines and health products online, and this includes COVID-19 testing kits. Additionally, we are also registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) as an Internet pharmacy.
At IQ Doctor, we have a variety of COVID-19 test options available for our customers. You can order our tests with ease, and they will be delivered right to your doorsteps with complete discretion. We are partnered with United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) certified labs to provide you with a quick turnaround time for results. The test results are widely accepted and can be used for different purposes, such as travelling. We also offer comprehensive customer care services to make sure that any issue of question is promptly addressed.
Current Testing Laws
There are two significant laws and regulations when it comes to limiting the spread of COVID-19. These regulations have been put into effect to limit the spread of infections amongst the UK population. Between March and July, the government allowed the reopening of businesses and educational institutes throughout the UK. Vaccination has significantly decreased infection rates, but this would not have been possible without effective testing. Testing has primarily been aimed towards travel and workplaces/schools.
Testing For Travel
As per the new rules, the government has announced that day 2 PCR tests are mandatory yet again for all travellers. Additionally, Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, those with an unapproved vaccine jab, or those travelling from a red-listed country need to book and take a COVID-19 test 3 days before their departure to the UK. They will also need to book a day 8 RT-PCR test in addition to the day 2 one and quarantine for 10 days.
Currently, only UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents are allowed entry from red-listed countries.
Day 2 Lateral Flow Tests are no longer accepted.
For outgoing travellers from the UK, the testing requirements will depend upon the destination. Some countries accept Lateral Flow Tests, and for these countries, you can take the Lateral Flow Test, get a Fit to Fly Certificate, and go to your destination. However, many other destinations require PCR tests, and you will have to book it before departure.
Testing For Workplaces and School
The government recommends that all employees, students, and staff take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week. These measures have been put in place to identify any increases in infection right away. In addition, Lateral Flow Tests are much quicker and cheaper and can thus be scaled up relatively easily. You can read more about testing for workplaces and schools (insert link for series 13 order 2) on our blogs.
PCR and LFT
A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test is a highly accurate COVID-19 test. It requires a swab from the oral or nasal cavity of the individual to be sent to a laboratory, and results usually take about 48-72 hours. Since this test is highly accurate, it does not require further testing, but it is relatively expensive. These test results are used for day 2 and 8 testings, Fit Fly and ending government-mandated quarantine.
A Lateral Flow Test is a much cheaper and faster option when it comes to testing for COVID-19. This test also requires a swab which is then processed immediately. Results usually take 30 minutes to appear on the test strip. Lateral Flow Tests are not as accurate as PCR tests and do require further testing to confirm infection. These tests are primarily used for bi-weekly asymptomatic tests and for travel purposes.
We offer all types of PCR and LFT for a wide range of all testing purposes. You can visit our online pharmacy to book your test right now.