HIGH Street retailer Superdrug has today started offering Covid tests using a saliva sample.
The non-invasive, painless test will be available at 200 Superdrug pharmacies as well as online.
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The tests above will be available to purchase from Superdrug across the country from todayCredit: Superdrug/Chronomics
PCR saliva tests look for the presence of RNA from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The tests cost £120 and while there are no age restrictions on the tests, they should be taken under the supervision of an adult.
The price covers the test as well 24 hour tracked return delivery of the test, analysis of the sample and the results being processed and eventually being returned to the customer.
You should get your results within 36 hours of taking the test.
When it comes to what the tests can be used for, PCR tests are thought to be the gold standard level of testing available at the moment.
The are accepted in most countries but if you are using them for travel then you will need to check with the regulations and rules in the country you are travelling to.
The saliva tests will be available from 200 Superdrug pharmacies and onlineCredit: Alamy
Current lockdown restrictions in the UK mean you can’t travel abroad unless you are legally permitted to do so.
It is illegal to go abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously hailed rapid tests and said they could pave the way for large events such as weddings, to go ahead.
At a recent Downing Street press conference the PM hinted mass deployment of saliva tests will play a fundamental part in rolling back lockdown restrictions on large events.
Boris said: “I’m a massive enthusiast for the advantages of lateral flow testing and daily testing – it’s getting ever more sophisticated.
“There are tests that you can do now that just require a saliva test, faster than the ones you put up your nose.
Boris Johnson said mass testing will be key to rolling back lockdownCredit: AP:Associated Press
“These will really come into their own as we get the vaccination programme really going down the cohorts, and as we start to be able to unlock.
“Eventually of course we want weddings and other such events to go ahead as a result of the vaccination, and the overall programme, and the overall reduction of the disease.
“And lateral flow testing we think will be of continuing benefit to businesses and to events of all kinds as an additional safeguard.”
How does the test work?
First you need to purchase a test – which you can do at a Superdrug store or online.
You have to then register your sample online and use the digital barcode provided on your saliva collection tube.
Follow the instructions on the kit and once your done use the Royal Mail tracked envelope provided and be sure to post it in a Royal Mail priority box.
Once the sample is received at the lab the experts will process the test.
Customers will the be notified via email that their results are ready, which can be accessed on the online account which is set up when you register.
Michael Henry, Superdrug’s Healthcare Director said that adding the test to its offering would be “another step forward in the global battle to fight the pandemic”.
Superdrug Health Ambassador and Fabulous columnist Dr Zoe Williams added: “People want to do Covid-19 tests for a number of reasons, and the saliva PCR test provides another option for people to get tested quickly, safely and accurately.”