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COVID-19 Testing at Medcan

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Knowing if you’re infected with COVID-19 is important, both to protect your friends and family and to limit community spread. Testing not only helps to reduce the transmission of the virus, but actively informs the public health actions that are put in place by our government.

Whether you’re curious if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past, think you may be currently infected, or just want peace of mind before travelling or visiting a loved one, Medcan offers a range of tests to suit your specific needs.

COVID-19 PCR Testing: Powered by Switch Health

In partnership with Switch Health, a leader in COVID-19 testing, we provide fast, safe and reliable PCR testing—including same- or next-day results.* This type of test is considered the considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing as it provides a more definitive answer as to whether or not an individual is infected with the virus.

Whether you’ve been advised to get tested by your employer, have an upcoming surgery, are planning to travel, or want to visit a loved one at a nursing home, if you’re asymptomatic, In-Clinic and In-Home polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing can identify if you currently have the COVID-19 virus.

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COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing: Powered by Switch Health

Our asymptomatic Rapid Antigen tests, also powered by Switch Health, are quick and affordable nasal swab tests that provide early detection of COVID-19 viral proteins. Offering results in just 15 minutes, this type of testing is optimal for those planning to travel**, or for clients looking for quick reassurance.***

Include it as an add-on to your Annual Health Assessment or schedule a standalone appointment. If you’d like to book a Rapid Antigen test on the same day as another appointment at Medcan, please be sure to book your test 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

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COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing

Unlike our other COVID-19 tests, which determine if you’re currently infected, our COVID-19 IgG antibody test (also known as serology testing) reveals if you’ve previously contracted the virus. It involves drawing a sample of blood to identify a type of antibody called immunoglobulin G (IgG)—a protein in the body that’s produced in the later stages of an infection. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, your body will typically produce this antibody.

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Here's how our tests compare

  COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test COVID-19 PCR Tests COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
What is it? An antibody test is a blood test that is used to identify if there is a presence of IgG antibodies that are specific to COVID-19 infection. It won’t tell you if you have an active infection. Instead, your results may help identify if you have been previously exposed to COVID-19. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is a nasal or nasopharyngeal molecular test used to determine if you’re currently infected with the COVID-19 virus. It is considered to be the gold standard for COVID-19 testing. A Rapid Antigen test (often referred to as a rapid test) is a nasal or nasopharyngeal test used to detect protein fragments that are specific to the COVID-19 virus. Viral proteins can be detected prior to symptoms, allowing individuals to isolate sooner and limit the spread of infection
Who can take it? Asymptomatic individuals who want to know if they have been previously exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Asymptomatic individuals who want to know if they are currently infected with the COVID-19 virus.

This type of testing is commonly required for travel.
Asymptomatic individuals to use as a screening measure. This test meets testing requirements for some travel destinations. Clients are advised to speak with their travel agencies and/or embassy for specific testing requirements.
Where is it taken? In-clinic at Medcan In-clinic at Medcan or in-home (administered by a Switch Health nurse)  In-clinic at Medcan (administered by a Switch Health nurse or self-administered with nurse supervision)

Rapid Antigen tests cannot be completed at home
When will I get my results? One week Same- or next-day (as late as 11:59 p.m.) Same-day (within 15 minutes)
Take note There is limited evidence to suggest that those who test positive are protected from re-infection. If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you test at a COVID-19 assessment centre. If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, please consult your local health unit or physician on when to re-test.

Asymptomatic individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19, as confirmed by a laboratory, should generally not be re-tested for asymptomatic purposes due to persistent viral shedding.

If you fall into this category, please consult a healthcare practitioner prior to re-testing. Our In-Clinic and In-Home PCR tests are available to asymptomatic individuals only.
If you test positive, you’ll be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test at an additional cost. For those that opt to go to a public COVID-19 assessment centre, it is free of charge, but turnaround times will not be guaranteed.
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COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test
What is it? An antibody test is a blood test that is used to identify if there is a presence of IgG antibodies that are specific to COVID-19 infection. It won’t tell you if you have an active infection. Instead, your results may help identify if you have been previously exposed to COVID-19.
Who can take it? Asymptomatic individuals who want to know if they have been previously exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
Where is it taken? In-clinic at Medcan
When will I get my results? One week
Take note There is limited evidence to suggest that those who test positive are protected from re-infection.
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COVID-19 PCR Tests
What is it? A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is a nasal or nasopharyngeal molecular test used to determine if you’re currently infected with the COVID-19 virus. It is considered to be the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.
Who can take it? Asymptomatic individuals who want to know if they are currently infected with the COVID-19 virus.

This type of testing is commonly required for travel.
Where is it taken? In-clinic at Medcan or in-home (administered by a Switch Health nurse) 
When will I get my results? Same- or next-day (as late as 11:59 p.m.)
Take note If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you test at a COVID-19 assessment centre. If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, please consult your local health unit or physician on when to re-test.

Asymptomatic individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19, as confirmed by a laboratory, should generally not be re-tested for asymptomatic purposes due to persistent viral shedding.

If you fall into this category, please consult a healthcare practitioner prior to re-testing. Our In-Clinic and In-Home PCR tests are available to asymptomatic individuals only.
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COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test
What is it? A Rapid Antigen test (often referred to as a rapid test) is a nasal or nasopharyngeal test used to detect protein fragments that are specific to the COVID-19 virus. Viral proteins can be detected prior to symptoms, allowing individuals to isolate sooner and limit the spread of infection
Who can take it? Asymptomatic individuals to use as a screening measure. This test meets testing requirements for some travel destinations. Clients are advised to speak with their travel agencies and/or embassy for specific testing requirements.
Where is it taken? In-clinic at Medcan (administered by a Switch Health nurse or self-administered with nurse supervision)

Rapid Antigen tests cannot be completed at home
When will I get my results? Same-day (within 15 minutes)
Take note If you test positive, you’ll be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test at an additional cost. For those that opt to go to a public COVID-19 assessment centre, it is free of charge, but turnaround times will not be guaranteed.
Book now