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Covid-19 testing in Florence

Latest on Government testing: 19th October 2020


Advice on Covid-19 testing is constantly changing.

If you are concerned you may have Covid-19 then you should get tested.
If you have symptoms (fever and respiratory difficulty) then you can present to the tent outside the emergency room of Santa Maria Nuova hospital. They won’t do the test if you don’t have a fever.  (source1)
The most up to date advice (source2) from the Italian authorities is available by phoning:
Ministry of Health info. line tel: 1500 or
The regional no. tel +39 055 4385850 (Mon-Fri 9am to 1pm)

Screening for Covid-19
For Quantitative Antibody serological blood tests (IgG & IgM).
This test checks for previous exposure to the virus. Not necessarily current infection or degree of infectivity to others. The antibodies may not be measurable for some time after exposure.

The following link directs you to labs that can perform this test and you can book online.
Typically, the labs don’t want people to arrive there who have symptoms of Covid or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 2 weeks.
the cost at the labs is about €50

For the PCR antigen nose swab test.
This test checks for the presence of the virus in your nose/throat. If it’s positive then you are probably contagious.
As for the blood test, you can book online:
https://www.cupsolidale.it/search/5ed74bc85d4db/firenze-fi/all  (or search https://www.cupsolidale.it/ "tampone covid 19")
The cost at these labs is about €120.

Synlab has offices scattered across the city. Not all of them are equipped / staffed to accept patients with with symptoms of Covid.

Alternatively, if organising the test yourself is problematic, Dr Kerr can do it for you.
The cost for this service is €50 each.
This does not include the lab fees of up to €112.
The patient is seen in Dr Kerr’s office and the relevant information is collated to create a Covid test request. The doc will then make an appointment with the lab.
The test is performed at another location, and hopefully as soon as the following weekday.
Depending on demand the results can be ready online from between 24 and 72 hours.
If coming to the office isn’t practical then the consult can be virtual and Dr Kerr’s bill paid online.

If you would like to use this service then please phone or use WhatsApp +39 335 8361682.
However, this lab won’t admit people who are symptomatic for Covid or are in quarantine.



Sources:
(1) Direct questioning of the staff of the ER
(2) https://www.regione.toscana.it/-/coronavirus#Sintomi_e_definizione_di_caso_sopetto

 
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