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We provide the only test in the world that can identify the lethal COVID-19 virus and differentiate it between 9 other non-lethal viruses with the same symptoms.
FIT TO FLY: As travel restrictions are changing, we are seeing an increased demand for Coronavirus testing prior to travel. This test is suitable for providing evidence to airlines that you are fit to fly or for your own peace of mind. Ideally should be processed 3-5 days before travel. Please contact our customer service department if you require any further information.
Coronoviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness. There are several types such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered Coronovirus variant is COVID-19 which is an infectious disease causing an outbreak around the globe.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough and tiredness. Other symptoms have also been reported such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat, diarrhea and headache. Others carry the virus but do not realise that they do as they have no symptoms at all. This is worrying as it could be passed on to others especially the elderly and the vulnerable without that person’s knowledge.
COVID-19 symptoms can take up to 2 weeks to manifest in infected patients, so it Is important to provide a quick and accurate way to provide testing for those who have come into contact with the virus. National advice is to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary and to quarantine yourself if you or a family member is showing viral symptoms. This makes it increasingly difficult to test yourself without putting frontline health workers at risk.
Due to the difficulty the NHS is having in organising testing for front line workers and the general public, IQ doctor is now offering mail order Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits which offers a simple self-testing solution you can use at home. This test not only tests for COVID-19 but for 9 other types of viruses helping bring reassurance and peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
By getting your kit from IQ doctor you will have access to a dedicated team of health care professionals able to provide you with advice and assistance throughout the process.
Test kits are posted out on a next working day service and are processed on a first come, first served basis. Priority will be given to front line NHS staff who are also eligible for a 20% discount.
What we test for?
As well as testing for COVID-19, we test for other strains of Coronavirus as well as common types of flu. This will help you determine whether you are affected by COVID-19 or possibly a different virus.
This testing method works on a molecular array testing for genetic material (RNA) within the virus. It has a specificity of 97.8% and a sensitivity as low as 50 copies of the virus. Our test helps identify infection at a much earlier stage than other testing methods that rely on detecting antibodies to the infection which are only produced in the latter stages of infection.
How it works
Our test kits are posted to you via next day delivery. Once you receive your test kit all you need to do is provide a swab sample from the nostrils and throat and post it to our lab. Our lab will process your sample and provide us with the results within 2-3 working days. We will then contact you with your results.
Coordination with the NHS
Positive COVID-19 results will be shared with Public Health England to allow this notifiable disease to be tracked. If you test positive, we will provide advice on what to do next and how to engage with the NHS.
We work with a world leading UKAS accredited British laboratory to process your results.
Please see our FAQ for more information.
What is COVID -19
Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 is an infectious virus which was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019. It has now spread globally and has been officially designated as a pandemic. Because this disease is so new, we are still learning a lot about this disease, and much remains unknown about how and when its spread, why some people are affected and some aren’t, why it can prove fatal for some people – particularly those with underlying health conditions, and the immune response following infection.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath and cough, but may include diarrhea, muscle pain, fatigue, sore throat, loss of taste and smell, and abdominal pain. Many people infected with COVID-19 may experience few or even no symptoms, but some people, especially those with underlying conditions, may experience viral pneumonia and multi-organ failure. Symptoms normally take 5 days to manifest but may be observed from between 2-14 days from exposure.
How is COVID-19 spread
COVID-19 can be spread by being in close proximity with someone affected, or coming into contact with an infected surface. When people breath, cough or sneeze, small droplets are released into the air at various distances. If infected these droplets can carry the virus with them and infect someone else through direct contact, or via a surface.
How to stop the infection spreading
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19
If you have any symptoms you feel may be COVID-19 related call NHS 111 and use the coronavirus service. Unfortunately, the NHS is operating at full capacity and is unable to test everyone. IQ doctor is now offering a COVID-19 testing service to help diagnose those who may be affected.
What kind of test is this?
This test is a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) otherwise known as an antigen test and is sensitive to the genetic material of the virus.
How accurate is this test?
Although no test is 100% accurate, it has been demonstrated to show 97.8% Specificity in as low as 50 copies of the virus.
How do I test myself?
The kit contains a sample collection swab for a combined nasal and throat swab procedure. Ensure the following steps are followed to ensure a viable sample.
throat avoiding the tongue.
into nostril about 1 inch (2.5cm) until some resistance is met.
front of the bag and on to the Screening Request Form.
provided. (Fig 2)
Is the laboratory that process this test accredited?
Our lab is fully accredited and a world leader in diagnostic technology. The lab is accredited to ISO / IEC 17043 meeting ISO 15189:2012 requirements.
Does this test tell me if I have had corona virus?
Is this test legal
This test is legal unlike the instant antibody blood tests which have yet to receive accreditation from the UK government. This test contains sample collection kit and is not classified as a medical device.
What is the difference between the antigen test and the antibody test?
In theory the antibody test can tell you if you have previously been infected with COVID-19 and have the antibodies which fight the disease, however no viable tests have been approved by the UK government at this time.
Covid-19 testing for travel
As the coronavirus epidemic continues to affect our day to day lives, many countries have made tentative steps to reopen their borders to the world for essential travel. Flights from the UK to many destinations have resumed, although with restrictions in many cases. In many cases international travelers are replied to provide negative COVID-19 PCR results in order to qualify for travel with required test time ranging from between 48 hours – 7 days before travel.
IQ doctor provide COVID-19 PCR swab tests for home use which can be used to prove eligibility for travel. Results are emailed to patients, usually within 24 hours of our lab receiving your sample in PDF format. Results can be printed and shown to the relevant parties prior to travel.
Before you travel, confirm if your destination country has restrictions – check gov.uk or the destination countries webpage. If you require a COVID PCR test result before travel, you can order a home sample collection kit from IQ doctor.
Countries that are known to have travel restrictions include:
Austria – PCR test conducted at the most 4 days before travel
Azerbaijan – PCR test conducted 48 hours prior to travel
Bahamas – PCR test conducted at the most 7 days before travel
Bangladesh – PCR test conducted at the most 72 hours before travel
Bosnia and Herzegovina – PCR test conducted at the most 72 hours before travel
Cambodia- PCR test conducted at the most 72 hours before travel
Chile – PCR test prior to travel
China – 14-28-day quarantine at a government facility along with medical examination and a Covid-19 test are mandated.
Dubai – a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 69 hours before arrival
Ecuador – PCR test conducted prior to travel. Those without test result will be tested upon arrival
France – Self declaration by traveller
Indonesia- a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before arrival.
Italy – Self declaration by traveller
Malaysia – Covid-19 test conducted prior to travel
Portugal – Covid-19 test conducted at the most 72 hours before travel. Traveller without test result are subjected to quarantine.
Samoa – Covid-19 test conducted within 5 days prior to travel
Singapore – Self declaration by traveller
South Korea – Covid-19 test conducted at the most 72 hours before travel
Spain – Self declaration
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