Is this an at-home test or is the analysis done in the lab?

With the Chronomics saliva test, the collection of the sample can be done anywhere – at home, work or in the clinic. Other tests (such as nasopharyngeal swabs) normally require a trained medical professional to administer correctly and are more invasive and painful.

What does this test show?

This test detects the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19, known as SARS-CoV-2, using an RT-PCR method. There are three possible outcomes from the testing:

  • Positive – testing positive for the virus means that the sample provided contains SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA. This result could be returned even in the absence of symptoms.
  • Negative – this result means that the sample provided does not contain detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA. However, you could have been previously infected by the virus and you could be infected at a future date.
  • Inconclusive – this result means that the test results did not meet the requirements to be reported as a positive detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in the sample, and should be treated clinically as Not Detected. However, this also means that there was partial detection of a signal from SARS-CoV-2 that warrants notification under duty of care for further investigation. Re-testing in these cases is recommended.