Coronavirus blood test now available in French pharmacies

Rapid blood testing kit. Coronavirus blood test now available in French pharmacies
The rapid blood tests are now available for purchase at pharmacies, but must be administered by a pharmacist, and health authorities advise consulting a GP

Fast blood tests to check for coronavirus antibodies are now available without prescription from pharmacies in France - but health authorities have said that people should still consult a doctor when interpreting results.

You do not need to have a “particular reason” or a prescription to take a test. Rapid tests cost from €9.45 up to around €15 in some pharmacies.

The blood tests can identify if the tested individual has antibodies in their blood against the coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 (which causes Covid-19). The presence of antibodies suggests that the individual has been infected with the virus previously, within the past two-three weeks.

Antibodies known as IgM ...

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