COVID-19 Swab Tests in Malaysia: What Is It and Where Can You Get It Done?

What’s the difference between PCR and RTK-Antigen tests? Want to know where to get COVID-19 swab tests? We cover all this and more here.

by Raihan Rahman

In order to fight the spread of COVID-19, it is essential that we continue to practice social distancing and adhere to the government-mandated SOPs.

If you must travel outside, take every precaution to stay 2 metres apart from other people and double mask, if possible.

While it is imperative that we stay indoors as much as possible and keep our outdoor activities to a minimum, it is useful to learn more about the COVID-19 screening and where you can get tested.

Here is what you need to know about getting tested for COVID-19:

What Is a Swab Test?

A swab test is used to determine if you have an active coronavirus infection. A 6-inch specialised swab is inserted into the nose and/or throat to collect the sample needed to determine an active infection. Once enough samples are collected, the sample will be stored in a sterile container and sent to a lab for further testing.

What Is The Difference Between RT-PCR and Antigen (RTK-Ag) Testing?

Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR)

PCR stands for a polymerase chain reaction and is a method of examining the virus by detecting viral DNA. Compared to the Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Ag), the PCR examination is more accurate. This method is also recognised by the Ministry of Health (MOH) as the gold standard for COVID-19 diagnostic tests. However, this accuracy comes with a more complex process and higher equipment prices. In comparison, the PCR test also requires a much lengthier time to receive the results. This method also only determines if you have an active coronavirus infection and cannot determine if you have had the virus in the past.

Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Ag)

The Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK-Ag) is also a common method used in Malaysia to determine if you have contracted the virus. This method detects viral protein related to the coronavirus to determine a reactive or non-reactive result.  As the name suggests, the rapid test is a faster method of detecting the virus in the body and can take as quickly as 15 minutes to acquire the results. Typically, the rapid test only requires a swab sample from the nose to yield results of reactive or non-reactive.

Where Can I Get Tested for COVID-19 in KL & Selangor?

Government and Private Facilities

Although many medical institutions and clinics provide COVID-19 screening, swab tests are not available everywhere. Although many medical institutions and clinics offer COVID-19 screening, they are not always accessible to the public. You may opt for screening at government hospitals and health clinics near you or at private hospitals and clinics listed on the MOH website. Typically, screenings conducted in these facilities are cheaper but require long waiting times.

In-Home COVID-19 Screening with Homage

Alternatively, you can also get tested in the comfort of your own home or your office premises. Homage provides COVID-19 screening tests wherever you are. Our licensed nurses (Care Professionals) are trained to conduct RT-PCR and RTK-Antigen screenings. 

You can get tested in 3 easy steps:

How It Works

Screening Rates

Safe At Home

Rather than breaking self-quarantine and possibly endangering yourself and others, our in-home COVID-19 screening gives you a much safer option for getting tested and added peace of mind. Once a sample has been collected and depending on the test you have chosen, you will either receive your PCR test results within 24-72 hours after testing or 15 minutes after your RTK-Antigen test. Our Care Advisor will notify you of your results and you will not be required to collect your results elsewhere.

Convenience and Time

In-home screenings will not only save you a trip to the hospital and potentially expose yourself to the virus but you will also save time as opposed to walk-in or drive-thru appointments.

Hospitals might be catering to a larger number of walk-in patients daily in order to meet the demand for testing. This could mean longer queues for both in-person and drive-thru screening. It may take up several hours of your day to complete the testing procedure.

In order to mitigate risk and in the interest of saving time, an in-home COVID-19 screening would be the best option to get tested for the virus.

Other In-Home Screening Facilities

You can also opt for in-house screening with these participating health facilities:

  • DoctorOnCall
  • Speedoc
  • KPJ Specialist Hospitals
  • Bookdoc
  • LabLink (M) Sdn Bhd

If You Tested Positive For COVID-19

If you have been tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and the partner clinics will be notified. It is important to make note of all those that have come in contact with you in the last 7 days as they should also get tested for COVID-19. For your safety and the safety of others, remain in self-isolation and monitor yourself for any COVID-19 symptoms (if you are asymptomatic). While isolating in a single room at home, ensure the space is well-ventilated with open windows.

Avoid sharing the same room with occupants and sharing the same bathroom. If you must leave your room at any time, always wear a mask and maintain a 2-meter distance from others. If necessary, the District Health Office (DHO) or PKD will contact you for further isolation in a COVID-19 hospital.

Self-Monitoring via MySejahtera app

If you are asymptomatic and self-isolating at home, you may monitor and update your symptoms via the MySejahtera app.

  • Open MySejahtera
  • Click on Helpdesk
  • Select F – “I am COVID-19 positive awaiting a call from MOH”
  • Record your symptoms for up to 10 days while self-quarantining

COVID-19 Vaccination

Since February 2021, the Malaysian government has administered the COVID-19 vaccine shots to essential frontline workers, senior citizens and high-risk groups. For information on the COVID-19 vaccination available in Malaysia and the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, read our full guide here.

AstraZeneca Opt-In Vaccination Programme

Alternatively, if you have registered for your AstraZeneca vaccination appointment and currently waiting for your first dose, read our full guide on what to expect at the venue, the entire vaccination process and the side effects you may experience after receiving your shot.


Need COVID-19 swab test right where you are? We are here to help. Chat with our Care Advisor at 016-2992188 or fill in your details below for a free consultation on how we can provide care and assistance, without compromising quality via our care plans at a more affordable rate.

 

[References]

  1. FMT Reporters (2021) Tested positive and awaiting a call? Use the app, says ministry, Freemalaysiatoday.com. Free Malaysia Today (FMT). Available at: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/01/15/tested-positive-and-awaiting-a-call-use-the-app-says-ministry/ (Accessed: May 28, 2021).
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