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How do they test for COVID-19?

Page last updated 21 July 2021

In Australia, the most common way to be diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection is to do a polymerase chain reaction test, also called a 'PCR test'. This test collects a respiratory sample (a swab) from the back of the nose and throat.1

Testing is available at a local COVID-19 testing or drive-through clinic, directly by GPs, some private pathology collection centres, or at some hospitals.  Each State around Australia has different processes in place, so if you unsure where to get tested contact your GP or check your local State Government website for details of COVID-19 testing sites in your area.

Sources & Citations

1. NSW Health COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (accessed July 2021)

MAT-AU-2101480  Date of Preparation  July 2021