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SUMMARY OF KEY MESSAGES 
​There are two kinds of COVID-19 tests: 
  1. ​​PCR molecular test: the gold standard test using a swab of the back of the mouth and the top of the nose to determines if someone is COVID-19 positive. 
  2. Serological test: using a finger prick this test delivers rapid results and confirms if someone has been exposed to COVID-19 previously, but does not determine if they are COVID-19 positive.

​ ​​There are three elements of our testing strategy overall: 
  1. Healthcare related testing: provided for people who come to a healthcare setting and display COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Public health testing: 1) Contact tracing – this is where anyone who has had contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive is tested 2) Random sampling – where a sample population area is chosen and people randomly tested. This provides a better understanding of how widespread the virus is. 
  3. People returning from abroad. This has helped successfully identify people coming into the country who are COVID-19 positive 

HMC’s laboratory has significantly increased the number of tests it is able to do each day as well as reducing the time it takes to process test results.

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COVID-19 Self-Assessment التقييم الذاتي لفيروس كورونا
COVID-19 Self-Assessment التقييم الذاتي لفيروس كورونا