The surge in international travel after UK lockdown restrictions were eased did not come without its complications.
Many airlines and countries now demand a certificate, carried on the person, attesting to the fact that they are not currently infected with COVID-19.
Failing to carry such a certificate can result in the person not being allowed to fly, not being allowed to enter their country of choice after having arrived, or to carry out a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.
But what are these COVID-19 Fit-to-Fly certificates? And are the COVID-19 Home Testing Kits used to obtain them, accurate at all?
In this article, we aim to clarify everything you might need to know regarding the COVID-19 Home Testing Kits and their associated Fit-to-Fly Certificates.
Is the COVID-19 Home Testing Kit different from what the NHS uses?
The COVID-19 Home Test kit uses exactly the same procedure as the NHS and other clinics which are currently administering tests.
Technically, the test is called a PCR Home Test Kit.
PCR stands for “polymerase chain reaction”. If that word puts you to sleep, fear not, you don’t need to know it to administer the test!
“Polymerase chain reaction” is a scientific procedure for taking a small amount of DNA and generating a large amount of it.
The PCR kits come with:
1. A sterilised swab
2. A collection bottle
3. Protective packing
4. Clear specimen bag to seal your sample and prevent contamination during transit
6. Other minor items
The tests which the NHS conduct are precisely the same, the only difference is that, perhaps, they have their sterilised swabs and specimen bags all in, say, a cupboard whereas ours comes in “a box”.
The sample is taken from the back of the throat and non-invasively from inside the nostril.
Again, this is exactly the same test you would receive from the NHS.
PCR is the “most reliable” test to detect active COVID-19 infection
According to an independent report, the PCR test is the “most reliable” test around to detect an active COVID-19 infection.
The PCR test is the precise testing kit you receive when you order a COVID-19 Fit-to-Fly Home Testing Kit from us. And, once we get our results from the lab and they come back negative, you will additionally receive a “Fit to Fly Certificate” from an accredited medical professional at our laboratory.
This is the certificate you need to give to your airline, or at the border of whatever destination you are flying to, in order to be allowed on the flight or into that particular country.
This is the same test that doctors administer to their patients to tell if the patient is currently infected with COVID-19.
How the PCR Home Test Kit works
Once you have collected the appropriate sample from the back of the throat and nostril, making sure not to contaminate the sample, you send it in to our lab for analysis.
The lab will have results to you within 9 to 15 hours of receiving your sample.
The PCR process allows analysts to make billions of copies of specific pieces of DNA.
PCR can actually be used to identify an individual. But, as for the PCR COVID-19 Home Testing, we need to detect a virus — specifically, the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
Scientists have published more than 100 genomes present in COVID-19.
In highly simplified terms, these genomes can be matched to the DNA sample taken.
Actually, it’s more complex than that, because COVID-19 works off RNA, not DNA. But there are viral enzymes around which can convert RNA into DNA.
Yes, yes, we know, this is getting highly scientific. But you did ask if the PCR Home Test was accurate in detecting COVID-19.
The answer is a resounding Yes!
By ordering a COVID-19 Fit-to-Fly Home Test Kit, you can be assured that you will be receiving the most scientifically advanced test in use today across the world with which to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19.
That’s why the certificate we send you will be acceptable by all airlines and countries that demand one.
Not only will this allow you to travel to your chosen destination, but it will also give you peace of mind in knowing that your friends, family and colleagues are safe around you and that you won’t be infecting anybody unknowingly as a result of being infected yourself but showing no symptoms.