Where to get tested and what kind of test to receive are two important questions that may not have obvious answers.Covid has been an all too familiar part of our lives for close to a year now. While the rollout of vaccines offers a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel, it will still be some time before life returns to the normal. With highly contagious new variants of the virus having been discovered in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil, and with confirmed cases of these variants being found in many different countries around the globe, the importance of staying on top of testing is at an all time high.
What kind of tests are availableLet’s start with the different types of tests as this is a key factor when figuring out where to get tested. There are currently three different kinds of Covid tests available in Rome, Molecular test “tampone molecolare”, Antigen test “test rapido”, and Antibody test “test sierologico.”
Molecular and antigen tests are the most common and are both nasal swabs. The antigen test however is a rapid test that produces results in 15-20 minutes, while the molecular test results take around a day and sometimes longer. Though antigen tests may be quick and convenient, they are less accurate than the molecular test. In fact, if an antigen test comes back positive the individual will be re-tested with a molecular test to confirm whether the results were accurate. It will cost 22 euros to receive an antigen test and 60 euros for a molecular test.
Where to get tested in RomeNow that the various types of tests have been covered, it is important to know where to get them. Starting in November of 2020 pharmacies across Rome were given authorization to conduct covid testing. While not every pharmacy in the city offers them, you can often tell if one does by the presence of a small tent just outside the pharmacy such as the one on Viale Aventino near the city center.
Pharmacies that offer testing mostly use the rapid antigen test, and while you don’t need a prescription to receive one you will want to make an appointment with the pharmacy in advance. Many pharmacies in the city also offer antibody tests, and while not required, it’s a good idea to book an appointment in advance.
As mentioned before, molecular or PCR tests are the best at detecting active infection in individuals. In order to receive this kind of test however, you’ll need a prescription from a doctor. You can receive a prescription by going to the following link and following the steps: https://find.doctorsinitaly.com