Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This virus can cause mild to severe respiratory illness and people infected with COVID-19 may have few or no symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may be similar to those of a cold or flu and may include:
anosmia: sudden loss of sense of smell without nasal congestion, with or without loss of taste.
Find the right COVID-19 test for you
Biron offers two tests for COVID-19.
COVID-19 molecular PCR testing
Molecular test that identifies individuals potentially infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the time of testing. This polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) looks for viral RNA in a sample of secretions from the nose and throat (oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swab).
This blood test checks for the presence of antibodies resulting from past or recent exposure to COVID-19. To date, the scientific community still knows very little about immunity to COVID-19 and there is currently no test to ensure that the presence of antibodies confers protective immunity. This is not a screening test for active infection with COVID-19.
Biron's COVID-19 tests are offered to symptom-free individuals.
If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 (fever, cough, breathing difficulties, sore throat, weakness), call 1 877 644-4545 to reach the government line dedicated to COVID-19 so that they can tell you what steps to take.