Coronavirus Home Test (PCR)
Coronavirus Home Test (PCR)
Saliva Test for SARS-CoV-2 (PCR)
If you are feeling sick or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately according to CDC recommendations.
The cerascreen® P23 Coronavirus Test is a sample collection kit with a saliva test for respiratory pathogens. The test is analyzed in a medical laboratory to determine the presence of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.
- High diagnostic and result accuracy due to cooperation with P23 Labs with Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.
- Detects the presence of the virus RNA, whose presence indicates a current infection.
- Successfully detects the latest known mutations of the Coronavirus.
- Results in 24-72 hours after the sample has arrived at the lab.
- Lab analysis and return shipping fees are included.
No visit to the doctor means no risk of infection for you or medical personal
- Safety in knowing if it is a current SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- Registered in vitro diagnostic test kit for private consumers.
- cerascreen® is a registered product of medical products with ISO certifications DIN EN ISO 9001 and DIN EN ISO 13485
Please note: Due to state restrictions, this test cannot be delivered to NY, NJ, RI, MD, PA, and NV. COVID PCR Test is not eligible for discounts.
Due to the impact of the COVID Pandemic on shipping carriers, please allow for delivery delays.
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Common Symptoms of the Coronavirus
Loss of Taste/Smell
Aches & Pains
Taking a Saliva Sample
Activate Your Test
Enter the barcode number found on your saliva collection device in your secure user account on our website or on the my cerascreen® App. You will then need to complete a small survey describing your existing health conditions and symptoms.
Ship Sample to Lab
Once you have collected your sample, drop it off at UPS the same day. The sample will be shipped directly to the lab for analysis.
Your results report shows whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus could be detected in your sample. This is given as a positive or negative result. Additionally the report contains recommendations for what you should do if your result is positive or negative.
High Quality Standards
cerascreen® self tests are analyzed in specialized diagnostic laboratories. All of our lab partners are CLIA certified and fulfill our high quality and safety standards.
Advantages of taking the Covid PCR Test at Home?
Test for a SARS-CoV-2 infection safely and discretely from home, with results available within 24-72 hours of arriving in the lab. cerascreen® has partnered with a CLIA certified lab that has received an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA. This test will confirm the presence of coronavirus, but will not indicate immunity or detect antibodies.
Benefit from our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for medical self-tests in Europe, with eight years of experience in the development and analysis of tests. In the European market, we have developed more than 40 certified sample collection kits (medical products), analyzed more than 250,000 samples, and deliver to 19 different European countries.
For more information, please visit our Health Portal to find answers to your questions about Coronavirus and COVID-19
Your Results Report
Questions about the Coronavirus Test
Why test for COVID-19?
The Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causes the COVID-19 disease. In some cases it can cause life-threatening respiratory infections. Older people are especially (but not exclusively) and those with pre-existing conditions are at a higher risk.
If too many people develop COVID-19 all at once, it will become an issue for the healthcare system: the number of beds in intensive care units and the medical personnel may then not be enough to care for all of the sick.
That's why it is important that we all do our part to protect our loved ones and everyone else from an getting infected. If we slow the spread of COVID-19 we can then reduce the number of deaths in the longrun.
How accurate is the test?
There are currently many different tests on the market for coronavirus, however not all are reliable and accurate. The cerascreen Coronavirus Test is analyzed in a medical lab using PCR technology.
The test is based on the well-established medical and scientific standard for detecting the infectious disease COVID-19. Doctors and hospitals use this same technology, as it is currently considered the most accurate method of testing.
What does my result mean?
The results report will reveal if your sample tested positive or negative, meaning the SARS-CoV-2 virus could or could not be detected.
If your test result is positive, you can be relatively certain that you are currently infected with COVID-19. The test is highly sensitive: a positive result indicates with a very strong likelihood that you are infected with coronavirus.
A negative test result generally means that you are not infected with the virus. The result only reflects your infection status at the time of sample collection.
What is a false negative?
As with most medical tests, false negatives do occur. This means that the test result comes back negative, even though you are infected. According to the Robert Koch Institute this can happen for several reasons, including:
Sample collection: if the the sample was not collected correctly, then there is the possibility that the sample is invalid. In this case then the coronavirus cannot be detected.
Time of collection: SARS-CoV-2 is present in the first week of infection mostly in the throat. In some cases the virus wanders to the lungs in the second week, leading to a lack of evidence of the virus present in a throat sample.
What should I do if my test result is positive?
If your test result is positive, please follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization and contact your healthcare provider with any questions. You will receive the recommendation to report your result to the CDC in your area. You may also want to inform your healthcare provider.
The lab is also required by law to report all test results to the CDC. This includes both positive and negative test results.
Your doctor or the CDC will determine if you need medical attention, or if quarantine at home is enough. You should contact your doctor every couple of days to discuss your symptoms.
Is there a Coronavirus hotline?
If you have urgent questions about coronavirus contact your healthcare provider or visit this site for a list of the Coronavirus hotlines serving each state. This hotline is meant for cases where your symptoms seem indicative of coronavirus, but are not life-threatening like high fever or respiratory distress.
Will my insurance cover my test?
Currently health insurance providers will not pay for self-testing.
Some private health insurances may offer a reimbursement for the test. Ask your insurance provider for more information.
What do SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 mean?
SARS-CoV-2 is the scientific name for the novel coronavirus. The abbreviation stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2.
COVID-19 in contrast stands for the disease that the virus causes. It is short for Coronavirus Disease 2019. The year stands for the first outbreak of the disease in China in December 2019.
People in all age groups can become infected with the COVID-19 disease. It is less common in children under 15 years old, but has been recorded in infants.
Older adults and people with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, respiratory illnesse, and asthma, as well as smokers in some cases are at special risk for a disease progress with potentially deadly symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Data from China - where the virus first broke out- show that around 80% of cases only show mild or moderate symptoms. These range from a dry cough (typically), fever, and sometimes a runny nose to a light pneumonia.
Some infected people do not notice any symptoms whatsoever, meaning they are asymptomatic, yet are nevertheless contagious.
It has now been shown in studies that the loss of the sense of smell and taste can be a sign of coronavirus.
In difficult cases, some people develop a severe pneumonia with respiratory distress and difficulty breathing, which may lead to life-threatening lung or organ failure.
Further symptoms which are rarer but still have been reported, include:
- Sore throat, headache and joint pain
- Loss of appetite, weight loss
- Nausea, stomachache, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Pink eye
How does cerascreen make sure that only people who need a test can buy one?
When you click the order button, you are prompted to fill out a survey which will check whether a test is necessary or not.
Is this an antibody test?
No. The Coronavirus Test is a PCR test, which measures for a current infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a saliva sample using PCR technology.
An antibody test detects antibodies that the immune system develops against the virus. Typically antibodies cannot be detected until the infection is already over and you no longer have any symptoms. This type of test is used to find out if you had an infection in the past. You can find out more here about the cerascreen® Coronavirus Antibody Test
Where can I find current updates about the pandemic?
You can find information in the general coverage (newspaper, radio, tv, online) or from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for extensive information about the coronavirus and the newest developments.
Who should not take the test?
The Corona test is not intended for the following groups of people, or only under certain circumstances:
Children under the age of 18 should not take the test without supervision. Keep the test kit out of reach of children.
People with motor disabilities should not perform the test without assistance. If you have a motor disability, it is recommended that you let someone collect the sample for you wearing a mask and gloves.