Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests

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I would actually just like to say thank you to the entire team for everything.  The experience in using EPICENTRE for our testing was amazing, each and every person from Doris who took my first call / Dominique / Robyn / Cindy and the lady who did the test procedure itself this morning (so sorry I didn’t get her name), the entire team has been so patient, caring, understanding, professional, thorough, kind and gentle.  All anxiety was eased and we were made to feel so comfortable and relaxed in safe hands.

Jess, THE SPAR GROUP LTD

Baie danke dat julle epicentre gekry het om my COVID-19 toets tuis to kom doen. Die hele proses was glad nie onaangenaam nie, Josh was baie vriendelike en die toets was vinnig en glad nie traumaties soos wat die staat en social media jou wil laat dink nie. Weereens dankie, ek sal jul op hoogte hou oor die resultaat proses.

Jaco, PI

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Our Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Explained

What is a ‘Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test’?

Antigen tests, like the name suggests, test for antigens. An COVID-19 Antigen test basically looks for fragments of COVID-19 antigens within a person’s body to see if they’re infected with the virus.

“An antigen is a substance recognized by the body’s immune system, which can [then] respond by generating proteins called antibodies that specifically recognize that antigen,” Albert Shaw, MD, a Yale Medicine infectious disease doctor and professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine

That basically means, “the point of an antigen test is to detect the presence of a protein—the nucleocapsid protein—which is part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is the cause of COVID-19.” [Dr Shaw].

What is the Rapid COVID Antibody test procedure?

To do an Antigen test for COVID-19 with Epicentre, you will need to either book a test online or just pop in to one of our branches.

The way a COVID-19 Antigen test works is similar to a PCR COVID-19 test. We will have a nurse open a new Antigen Test packet. We will then use a new nasal saw to collect a nasal cavity swab. Our nurses are very gentle and whilst the test will be over quickly, we will do our best to make you feel calm and safe during the entire process.

This swab will “then be placed into a special solution for virus detection,” says Dr. Shaw.

You will then wait 20 minutes while your test ‘loads’ your results. After which we will share your result with you.

Who should get a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test?

Having an Antigen test is helpful if:

  • You have recently started symptoms of COVID-19
  • Your doctor thinks you may have the novel coronavirus and have recently started (1-3) symptoms
  • You have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 more than 5-7 days ago, and you want to have a quick test done to check your status

Rather get a PCR test if:

  • You are looking to get a test done for an official purpose such as leaving the country, having a medical procedure or flight – as this method of testing has not yet been approved for these purposes in all countries
  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 and started symptoms more than 3 days ago

Get an Antigen & PCR test if:

  • Antigen testing has a greater possibility of a false negative especially if you are out of the peak infection testing times. If you are unsure of your negative test result rather get a PCR test to be certain of your negative result.
  • Some countries require both a COVID-19 Antigen test and PCR test always ask the airline what is needed for your destination country.

When should you get a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test?

An Antigen Test is looking for antigen fragments, you will have the most fragments when you have the most COVID in your body. This stage happens when you are at your peak infectiousness 2-3 days before your symptoms start to 2-3 days after your symptoms begin.

This stage will start, 5 days after you come in contact with an infected person, when your incubation period ends; and this period when you can test ends 3 to 4 days after you start your symptoms. This can clearly be seen on the chart above as the purple bars represent the amount of virus in your body. You can see how the amount of virus shoots up suddenly at day 0 and drops off suddenly after 3-4 days.

How can a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test help you

A Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test can help you:

  1. Find out if you currently have COVID-19 & are highly infectious
  2. If you need to have a very quick test to determine your COVID-19 status
  3. For travel to some countries

What Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test Does Epicentre Use?

The Healgen Coronavirus Ag Antigen Rapid Test

This COVID-19 Antigen test that has been approved for use in South Africa, Germany, the USA and by the UK. The accuracy of this test is 96.3%, and it has a high sensitivity and specificity. It is also CE certified.

Where can you get a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test?

You can get a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test at all of our 3 branches, in Wynberg, Hillcrest, & Randburg.

Book With Epicentre

For 20 years Epicentre has been fighting South African’s infectious diseases, and now we’re taking on COVID-19! We are a company founded on a vision, ending disease in South Africa! So we believe in making an IMPACT.

We are an independent organization that is committed to creating a positive impact on health & wellness for all in South Africa.

We want to close the gap between unscreened, undiagnosed, and uncontrolled HIV & COVID-19 infections as well as other chronic diseases for all South Africans.

By booking your tests with Epicentre you are supporting a real local company that has worked for 20 years in all 9 provinces, from Pollsmoor prison to Constantia; & you’re getting a gold standard service that experts trust!

How to Find Our Hillcrest Branch

Our COVID-19 Drive-Through Durban branch is based at our Head offices in Hillcrest, a charming town in the upper highway area.

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Our address is:

43a Old Main Rd Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, 3610

Our beautiful headquarters are based on the oldest farm house in Hillcrest. To get to our headquarters, drive past the robots after the Toyota dealership in Hillcrest. Go slow after the robots because our sign and driveway are within 100m.

Look for the white sign with the Epicentre logo and turn down into the shaded driveway and drive straight until you see our big gates with our large Epicentre sign.

Please either call us or push the intercom with a pen or a similar pointy object to avoid contamination.

When you arrive, drive until you see our large farm house style office. We have ample parking space and beautiful grounds, which contain some of the oldest and largest planted trees in the upper highway area! Many of our clients have even wondered off to look around!

But please stay in your car, no matter how tempting it is, as we need to avoid contamination. Our nurse dressed in full PPE (personal protective equipment) will arrive at your car and conduct your test.

Contact Us

By emailing us at:

Or calling us at:

  • 0870725300

How to Find Our Wynberg Branch

We’ve recently moved! Our COVID-19 Drive-Through Cape Town branch is still based in Wynberg, a charming part of bustling Cape Town city.

Our testing address is:

Glaren Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town, 7800

Wynberg is a southern suburb of the City of Cape Town in Western Cape, South Africa. We are temporarily based in the park across from the church on main.

The parking lot is based at 12 Piers Road, walk into the park and situate yourself next to the blue and silver tent and wait for our nurse to come to you.

Contact Us

  • 082 455 9384

or call the main switch board in Hillcrest at

  • 087 072 5300

You can email us directly at:

How to Find Our Randburg Branch

Our COVID Drive-Through Johannesburg branch is based at our branch in Parkview, a charming suburb of bustling Johannesburg

Our address is:

67 Dundalk Avenue, Parkview, Randburg Gauteng

Our gated office has safe parking and is almost next door to the Parkview police station. The post office and a church (as pictured) are on the corners of Dundalk Avenue. You will then see the police station, we are only two doors down!

Ring the bell and park securely inside. Please wait in your car as our nurse will speak to you shortly!

Contact us

By emailing us at:

Or calling us at:

  • 082 065 2172
  • or 0114860741