COVID-19: Testing and sampling options
SYNLAB has been by your side since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering advice and support in your daily work. Particularly, SYNLAB actively contributes to breaking the chain of infection – through virus screening, RT-PCR tests and serology tests, all carried out in our laboratories by teams working around the clock.
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Latest update: 17.02.2022
Different testing and sampling methods
PCR testing is the gold standard test in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The reliability of the results is especially high.
Rapid antigen test
Rapid antigen test
The advantage of rapid antigen tests is the rapid diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The test only takes about 15 minutes. However, this test is the least reliable.
Serological tests can identify a past infection with the virus.
The COVID-19 certificate attests that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, that you have overcome the disease or that you have a negative test result.
The gold standard sampling procedure is to collect secretions from the nasopharynx. This procedure should be performed by a healthcare professional.
One way to take a sample is by gargling. The sample is taken by the person to be tested.
Saliva sampling is more convenient and easier for patients to follow than other methods.
The PCR-Lolli test is particularly suitable for children and people with disabilities because of its high sensitivity and ease of use.
Back to Work!
Workplace testing using the pooling method.
Whether you have questions about COVID-19 testing or general information about SARS-CoV-2, find the answers here.