PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction that detects the virus' genetic material. It is one of the best tests we currently have to detect an active coronavirus infection.
The test detects active infection and also detects fragments of the virus even if you're no longer infected. It's accuracy levels are higher than any other tests we have, and that's why it's considered the "gold standard".
Positive results are highly accurate for the Molecular test, especially when the specimen is collected by a qualified health professional.
A nasopharyngeal swab is used to collect the specimen.
We're usually able to get the results of your PCR tests within 24-48 hours.