Heads Up: The Medical City Will Be Offering Drive-Thru Swab Testing Starting Tomorrow

The RT-PCR swab test has been described as the "gold standard" for COVID-19.

(SPOT.ph) We know it's a lot of words. The reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction is better known as the RT-PCR swab type of testing for COVID-19—and even better known as  the "gold standard" for confirming whether or not you have the disease. In case you ever need it, the The Medical City - Ortigas in Pasig City will be adding this type of test to their drive thru services starting Friday, August 14.

Here's what you need to know:

Where: The COVID Testing site is located at the Basement 1 Exit along MD Camacho Road
When: Mondays to Sundays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 8988-1000 ext. 3300 (strictly by appointment only)

According to their website, the RT-PCR swab test will cost P6,000 and results will be sent through email within two to three days. Also, make sure your car will carry a maximum of six individuals to be tested.

This is the second type of COVID-19 test they offer. The Medical City (TMC) first launched an antibody test drive-thru service on July 7. The RT-PCR test differs in that it will require a mucus sample—via those dreaded swabs—that will then be sent through specialized lab machinery to determine whether it contains the virus. The antibody tests use a blood sample. To put it simply, if the antibodies needed to fight the pathogen are present, then that must mean you have the virus.


Main image courtesy of The Medical Center - Ortigas / SPOT.ph  Archives

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