Part of Singapore’s approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic is a robust testing strategy, so that potential cases can be picked up in a timely manner. There is nothing to worry about when you go for a COVID-19 swab test, although we know some of us are still a little hesitant.
Let us share more about what to expect from the swab test.
Your questions on the COVID-19 Swab Test: Answered
Who can get swabbed?
From 1 December 2020, anyone who requires a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test will be able to get one at approved providers, such as at DA Clinics. This includes individuals who may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as respiratory issues or a high temperature.
How is the nasal swab test done?
A nasal swab test will require you to tilt your head back, while a cotton swab will be twirled at the back of the nose through the nostril. This is required to collect a sample of the secretions for analysis. The doctor will insert the swab into both nostrils, to ensure that enough samples are collected for testing.
What does it feel like?
There is generally no pain, but it is common to experience discomfort during and after the test. The experience may feel like water going up your nose, and you may feel the need to sneeze or cough. We suggest breathing through your mouth as the swab is being carried out, to minimise any discomfort.
Why can’t I just breathe onto the swab?
Taking a swab from the inside of your nose will provide more accurate test results. Just breathing onto the swab may not capture the viral particles.
What do I have to bring for a swab test?
- NRIC and/or Passport
- Details of your flight booking (in hard or soft copy, if you are getting swabbed for a flight)
When will my results be out?
Results will be available to you between 24 to 30 hours after the test. We will email you the results memo, if you had done your test at a DA Clinic outlet.
Where can I do a swab test?
You can do your swab test at any of the DA Clinics around Singapore. It is recommended that you make an appointment with Doctor Anywhere here beforehand, to reduce any waiting time.
I am traveling, when should I do my swab tests?
You should schedule your appointment for the swab test 48-72 hours before your flight depending on the requirements set by the country of destination.
I have more questions, what else can I do?