Quick test corona
The corona rapid test is an antigen test that can be used to quickly determine whether a person has COVID-19. This makes it an excellent test when time is of the essence.
Results within 30 minutes in case of a quick test. PCR test the same or next day.
The tests we use have been officially validated by the RIVM.
Home and on-site testing possible. Within 2 hours on location.
Cooperation between GGD and BIG registered healthcare professionals.
What is a quick test?
The official name for the test is the SARS-VOC-2 Rapid Antigen Test and shows whether you are currently infected with the coronavirus. A rapid test makes it possible to get the result within thirty minutes. The tests are performed in collaboration with the GGD and under the guidance of BIG registered health care professionals.
The quick test is often not sufficient for travellers abroad. For this the PCR test suitable. When you are looking for a validated test to travel with, it is in many cases necessary to make an appointment for a PCR test (this comes with an accompanying international travel certificate).
How does a quick test work?
The test is taken through the nose and mouth using a cotton swab. This is also called a nasopharyngeal swab. The rapid tests are much more user-friendly than the corona tests that are known to most people, because they do not go as deeply into the nose. The test is suitable for self administration, but should be administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Once the material has been collected, it is possible to test it immediately, which means that the results are available quickly. The test material is examined for proteins (antigens) of the virus. Based on this, it can be determined whether or not you are infected with the virus.
The antigen rapid tests are used for both people with symptoms and people without symptoms. In case of symptoms, the test is always taken by a healthcare professional. The rapid test is for anyone who wants to know if he or she is currently infected with the coronavirus.
Results quick test
Because it is possible to test the material for antigens, it is possible to get the result very quickly. On average, you will receive the results within 30 minutes. If the test result is positive, the GGD must be notified and the official steps will be followed.
When do you need a Corona rapid test?
The antigen rapid test is intended for anyone with symptoms who wants to know if he or she is currently infected with the coronavirus. If there are no symptoms, but for example you have been in contact with a positive tested person, we recommend to do a PCR test. However, it is also possible to do a quick test without symptoms, for example in case of events or with employees who want to work on location.
How reliable is a rapid test?
The antigen rapid tests that we use are CE-certified and officially validated by the RIVM. If you test negative, there is a very good chance that you are not contagious, but this cannot be ruled out with 100% certainty. The antigen rapid test only measures virus particles that have already developed in the body (from 3-5 days). It is therefore possible that you are already infected, but that the virus particles have not yet developed. Therefore, it is possible that you get a negative result from a quick test, but that you are already infectious to others. The rapid test is reliable, but cannot give a 100% guarantee that a negative test result means that you are not infected with the coronavirus.
The difference between the rapid test and PCR test
A PCR test is very sensitive and detects both high and low concentrations of the virus in your body. This makes the result more reliable than the result of an antigen rapid test. However, a PCR test can only be performed and analysed in a laboratory. For the rapid test a laboratory is not necessary, so the result can be given much faster. With a PCR test the result is known after 48 hours, with a rapid test after 30 minutes.
In addition, a PCR test is suitable for travel abroad. An antigen rapid test often is not. Almost all countries currently impose entry restrictions on incoming travellers to prevent further spread of the virus. A negative PCR test result and an accompanying certificate are often required to travel to a country. The PCR tests of Testservice.nl include an international travel certificate and are suitable for both individuals and companies.
Where can you do a quick test?
We have several test locations throughout the Netherlands. Currently we are located in Amsterdam, Diemen, Haarlem, Hoofddorp and The Hague. Through our website you can easily make a test appointment at the location of your choice.
Rapid tests for companies and events
Testservice.nl offers several solutions for companies, businesses and organizations. We can be on location within two hours to test all employees for the virus. Of course, employees can also visit one of our locations themselves. The antigen rapid tests make it possible to quickly assess whether employees can safely go to work on location. The tests reduce the chance of employees infected with the coronavirus entering the workplace and infecting other employees. A preventive testing policy is currently even subsidized by the government, so companies only have to pay after the fact when there have been incidents or travel certificates are required.
The rapid antigen tests are also very suitable for events. The rapid results of the tests make it possible to determine whether visitors can safely enter the event location. This also reduces the risk of contamination.
Our quick test sites
Make an appointment for a quick test.
Don't forget to bring your passport or ID to the test site. Do you want to make several appointments? Then book each person separately in the booking system with his / her personal data.