India is in the midst of a ruthless second wave of the novel coronavirus. The country has a vertiginous increase in the number of cases of COVID-19. This also has increased the demand for COVID-19 testing around the country. However, going out to get the Coronavirus test can be a difficult task and you need to keep all the precautionary measures in order to keep yourself safe. But thanks to multiple laboratories in the country, we can get the COVID test at home by simply booking it online. In this article, we are going to talk about some major laboratories that are offering Coronavirus tests with a home collection of samples. Let’s begin.
Types of COVID Testing Procedures
There are two different types of COVID tests that help to identify whether the person is infected with the virus or not. The first one is the RT-PCR test and the second one is the Rapid Antigen test. The former is considered the gold standard for testing COVID-19, while the latter is used to determine SARS-CoV-2 antigens in the patient. Here’s what you need to know
Rapid Antigen Test
The Rapid Antigen test or COVID-19 Antigen test is a rapid diagnostic test that is said to be faster than the RT-PCR. However, the test also has a higher chance of missing an active COVID infection. In the antigen test, a swab is taken from the person’s nasal cavity. The sample is then tested on a reactive strip that has antibody-coated nanoparticles. If there are COVID-19 antigens, then the test line region will generate a coloured time on the test strip. If there are no antigens, no coloured line will appear in the test line region.
Antigen tests are not as sensitive as RT-PCR tests and there is a high of false negative. This means that the test can give a negative result even if the patient is COVID-19 positive.
Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction or RT-PCR test is considered to be the ‘gold standard across the globe to check for COVID-19 infection. The test has proven to directly detect the presence of the virus in a patient. The test basically detects the virus’s RNA. In this test, the RNA is first converted into DNA using an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase. The PCR testing then detects this DNA. If it matches with the DNA of the virus, then the patient is positive. However, there are some limitations to this test as well. The test cannot tell whether a patient had COVID-19 in the past. Furthermore, if a person is in the early stages of COVID-19, there are chances that the test will show a negative result.
Top Apps and Websites Offering COVID Test with Home Collection Facility
That said, you can get your RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen tests directly from home. There are some websites and apps that allow you to book online appointments and one of the representatives will come home to collect the samples. Here are some apps and websites that for your reference
People who are looking to get an RT-PCR test in Delhi, Gurgaon, and Faridabad can go to https://www.hindustanwellness.com/package/Covid-19-For-Delhi to book an online appointment for the test. The website allows home collection of samples and the test price is set at Rs 1,200 for Delhi, Rs 699 for Gurgaon, and Rs 999 for Noida. Furthermore, the website also offers the COVID-19 Antibody test for Rs 1,100. One can create an account on the website and book a time slot for the home collection of samples.
Mfine is yet another website that is offering RT-PCR test for COVID-19 across major cities in India. The website offers a home collection of samples in cities like Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Indore, Jaipur, and more. The website gives you the information of the partnered laboratories that conduct the test across the major cities. So, for example, if you are giving in Gurgaon, you can choose Lifecell or Health Well Diagnostics to book an online appointment for the COVID RT-PCR test. However, at the time of writing, the website is not offering any service for the Delhi region. The website claims to deliver the reports in 48 to 72 hours. You can visit the website here: https://www.mfine.co/health-packages/gurgaon/covid-rtpcr-test-at-home/
Healthspace also offers you an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 detection. The website is available in 20+ cities including Delhi, Noida, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and more. However, the website currently notes that the home collection is not available in different cities including Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Indore, and Udaipur. In order to book an appointment, one needs to fill up a form. Furthermore, the website asks you for certain documents handy like Aadhaar Card/ Passport/ Govt. Photo ID and ICMR form. The website claims that the online reports will be available within a period of 24 to 35 hours. You can visit here to book an appointment: https://www.myhealthspace.in/book-covid-test#box_testform
Apollo 24/7 also allows you to book online appointments for RT-PCR test for COVID-19. One can use the website or the application, which is available on both Android and iOS platforms to book COVID-19 online tests. The company also allows for a home collection of samples. However, it says that the results will be delivered in 72 hours due to the high demand for the tests. One can visit the website here: https://www.apollo247.com/lab-tests/covid-19-rt-pcr-with-home-collection
1mg is also offering online booking for the RT-PCR COVID-19 test. One can visit the website or download the application to book an appointment for home testing of COVID-19. However, the website notes that the sample collection slot may change by up to 3 hours. If there are any changes, it will be informed to the customer. You can book the test from here: https://www.1mg.com/labs/test/coronavirus-covid-19-test-33462
Dr Lal Path Labs
Dr Lal Path Labs is probably one of the most famous laboratories for various tests. The company has also taken online orders for COVID-19 virus. One can get COVID RT-PCR Test, COVID Antibody test, and Antigen test. Interestingly, for Corporates, the company is also offering off-site collection of samples. This means if you work in a corporate office, you can fill up the form and get an RT-PCR test done right from home. Here’s a link to sign up for home collection of samples for COVID-19 test: https://www.lalpathlabs.com/covid19corp/covidcorptest.aspx
Metropolis is also another famous chain of laboratories that is offering home collection by simply booking a slot online. The website allows you to book an online appointment for various COVID tests including RT-PCR, Rapid Antigen, and Antibody. One can fill up the details and book the appointment. Here’s the link to book a slot: https://www.metropolisindia.com/homevisit
What are the Prices of COVID Tests in Different Cities?
There are different rates for COVID-19 testing for different cities. Here’s a list of all the city-wise breakup of the rates of getting a COVID-19 test.
Delhi – The test by private labs are fixed at Rs 800, while home collection of samples is fixed at Rs 1,200.
Maharashtra – The state government has fixed the rates for RT-PCR. People going to collection centres will pay Rs 500. For the same at a COVID Care Centre, the price is Rs 600, while the home collection is for Rs 800.
Uttar Pradesh – For a home collection of samples for the RT-PCR test, one has to pay Rs 900. For testing at a lab or private hospital, one needs to pay Rs 700.
Gurgaon – In Gurgaon, the rates are also fixed. For the RT-PCR test in the lab, people need to pay Rs 499. For the RT-PCR test with the home collection, individuals will be charged Rs 699.
Gujarat – People in Gujarat can get the COVID-19 test for Rs 700 by visiting the laboratory. And Rs 900 for home collection.
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