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  Covid-19 Test News

 

PathLab is a medical laboratory accredited to ISO 15189:2012 by HOKLAS and is a HKSAR Government recognised testing laboratory for SARS-CoV-2 RNA (by PCR) and SARS-CoV-2 Antibody tests.

Apart from government initiated schemes, such as the Compulsory or Community Testing, or China & Macau Health Code Travel (when available), a doctor’s referral is required.

Useful links:

The following tests are available

  1. COVID-19 RT-PCR Test
    • Sample types: CNTS, DTS, NPS, OPS (< 6 y), Stool (< 3 y)
    • FDA-EUA/CE-IVD approved RT-PCR methods
    • Very high sensitivity and specificity
    • Used for compulsory testing, outbound travel to meet destination requirements and/or clinical diagnosis

  2. COVID-19 IgG Spike (S) Antibody, Quantitative Blood Test
    • FDA-EUA/CE Abbott Alinity SARS-CoV-2 IgG (S) method
    • High dynamic range for post-vaccination checks
    • Used for checking antibody levels post-vaccination and/or suspected previous or current infection

  3. COVID-19 IgG Nucleocapsid (N) Antibody, Qualitative Blood Test
    • FDA-EUA/CE Abbott Alinity SARS-CoV-2 IgG (N) method
    • Used to aid in identifying individuals with a recent or prior infection. In unvaccinated individuals, this assay will have a positive result post infection (99% at ≥ 14 days). In individuals vaccinated with mRNA or viral vector vaccines (e.g. BioNTech, Moderna) a positive test also suggests natural infection, however, if vaccinated with inactivated native virus vaccines (e.g. Sinovac) the test may be positive due to the vaccine.

  4. COVID-19 IgM Spike (S) Antibody, Qualitative Blood Test
    • FDA-EUA/CE Abbott SARS-CoV-2 IgM method
    • Used for checking present/post-exposure in unvaccinated individuals. In unvaccinated individuals this assay will have a positive result post infection (96% at ≥ 14 days)
Note: All laboratory results should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude recent infection. Your doctor, together with your clinical history, symptoms, vaccination status and/or results from COVID-19 PCR, Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT), IgG and/or IgM Antibody tests, should interpret results.

Abbreviations:
DTS: Deep throat saliva
CNTS: Combined nose & throat swab
NPS: Nasopharyngeal swab
OPS: Oropharyngeal (throat swab) for children < 6 years old

 

OUTBOUND TRAVEL COVID-19 RT-PCR TEST (DEEP THROAT SALIVA)

General travel

If you need to travel, it is important to check each country's inbound requirements for testing, the methods that are acceptable, and the validity of the result post sample collection (most countries), or reporting time (e.g. Shenzhen). We have added some helpful links here for your reference only. Please do your own research for requirements of the specific country you wish to visit before you visit your doctor. Take all your travel document information to your doctor to order the test on our on-line registration to save time and errors.

ORDER YOUR TRAVEL PCR TEST THROUGH YOUR DOCTOR

Australia
Beijing
Note: China’s testing policies are city dependent.
Shenzhen
Japan
Canada
France
Indonesia
Netherlands
Malaysia
New Zealand
Philippines
Singapore
Taiwan
Thailand
USA

Disclaimer: Our helpful links are for reference only. Please do your own research for your specific countries inbound requirements before testing.

 

INBOUND TRAVEL

Useful links for inbound travel