There are 2 types of tests you can take for COVID-19: a diagnostic test or an antibody test.
Types of COVID-19 tests
Diagnostic test (swab test)
A diagnostic test reveals if you have an active coronavirus infection. Samples of cells and fluids from the nose or throat are collected via a swab, then processed by a machine that detects the virus’s genetic material.
There are 2 types of diagnostic tests:
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which is currently used for pre-departure testing in Singapore
Antigen rapid test (ART), which detects specific proteins on the surface of the virus
Also known as a serology test, an antibody test reveals if your body has had an immune response to the virus after an infection.
A blood sample is used for the test.
Antibody tests only discover evidence of a previous infection and are therefore not used to diagnose COVID-19.
It is not clear if the presence of antibodies translates to immunity to COVID-19.
Why do you need a COVID-19 test?
It is necessary to go for a COVID-19 test when you:
Have had recent contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
Develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing or loss of sense of taste or smell
Note: If your results are delayed due to any unforeseen circumstance, we will not be held responsible for any missed flights.
Why choose Parkway East Hospital?
Parkway East Hospital is the preferred private hospital in the east of Singapore. Helmed by a team of experienced specialists and healthcare professionals, we provide quality and tailored treatments for our patients. We care about your comfort, and help you relax and recover in a friendly setting closer to home.
Our infectious disease specialists and respiratory specialists
At Parkway East Hospital, our infectious disease and respiratory specialists keep a close tab on the changing nature of infections and related therapies to serve residents in the east of Singapore.
Talk to us for an in-depth consultation on your symptoms and health goals.