Inception Biosciences Services

PCR is currently the gold standard for the diagnosis of COVID-19 in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Specimens from the nose or throat are taken to detect whether the viral nucleic acids are present by targeting specific genes of the virus. This test is performed by trained scientists in the laboratory setting using specialized equipment. PCR testing is widely used for diagnosis, travel and hospital admissions.

COVID-19 PCR Testing

PCR tests have a turnaround time of 24-hours and is available through Testaro Mobile Health, at various drive-in stations and mobile nursing services in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

COVID-19 Antigen Testing

Antigen tests are immunoassays that detect the presence of specific viral proteins and are best used to detect current infection in symptomatic patients. Antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR tests but can used as point-of-care testing as results are available in 15-30 minutes of testing.

Flu/RSV + COVID-19 Testing

The respiratory illness combination test can simultaneously detect infections caused by SARS-CoV-2, Influenzas A/B and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This test is designed to simultaneously detect the 3 respiratory viruses with a single swab.

COVID-19 Testing Stations

Testaro offers a bespoke mobile COVID-19 swabbing service in the comfort of your own home or office, a booking must be made through the call-centre 010 023 2304 or online This service is currently only offered in Gauteng and Western Cape.