How to use your MyHealthChecked COVID test
Received your MyHealthChecked COVID testing kit, and want to get started? We’re here to help. You’ll be swabbed, sorted and ready for answers in no time.
Want to know you’re COVID clear? It takes just six simple steps.
How long does it take to get COVID test results?
Good to know:
If you’re testing for peace-of-mind before you visit a vulnerable loved one, it’s a good idea to self-isolate from when you do the test. You can get a clear result based on your status at the time you did the test – but if you haven’t been isolating, you might have subsequently picked up the virus.
How the MyHealthChecked COVID test works
Our COVID tests are what’s known as PCR diagnostic tests, or Real-Time PCR tests. They detect the presence of the virus at a molecular level. This method is more accurate and sensitive than antigen testing, and works like this:
You provide a sample on a simple nasal swab – sampling the lower nose is fine, it doesn’t have to be from the top or the back of the throat.
The sample is then preserved in a special vial – a PrimeStore® MTM is a molecular transport media which creates a “snapshot” in time for that sample by preserving and stabilising DNA and RNA.
You send your sample to our Manchester-based lab for testing.
The scientists get to work, and your sample undergoes what’s called an extraction process.
If the coronavirus is present, we can extract its genetic material – even if there’s only a tiny amount of that material.
We can then detect the presence (or absence) of the virus’s genes using a ‘molecular’ method called Real-Time PCR.
The stats you need to know
Our COVID PCR tests are 99.9% accurate in applied use and 100% accurate in lab studies. In a nutshell, it’s the most accurate test you can do to diagnose if you have COVID 19 when you take your sample. Learn more about different COVID tests here.COVID TESTS EXPLAINED
Who’s behind the science?
Dr Greg Fitzgibbon, PhD, DipRCPath, is MyHealthChecked’s Clinical Director. He’s an eminent clinical scientist and entrepreneur in the world of biotechnology, with New York State Department of Health Certificate of Qualification.