When, where and how to get tested for coronavirus in France

A woman getting a nasal swab test. When, where and how to get tested for coronavirus in France
Results from PCR tests in France are available within 24 hours by telephone or online.

The French government wants to make Covid-19 tests more accessible and get more people taking them to prevent a further increase of cases in France. We explain when to get tested, where to get tested, and which type of test to take if necessary. 

What is the difference between a PCR test and a blood test? When do you need to get tested? And how do you do it in France?

We explain. 

What is the difference between PCR tests and blood tests?

PRC tests (polymerase chain reaction tests) take about 10 minutes to complete and involve inserting a cotton bud into the nose or mouth to take a nasal swab or a saliva sample. PRC tests reveal whether the person taking the test is currently infected with the virus. 

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