Pensioners Discount Epicentre COVID Antigen Tests

R50 off COVID-19 Antigen Tests

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Usually R250, use our R50 discount for 60 years+

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What our EPIC customers have to say

Compliments to your staff and centre. I was so impressed by how the entire process was handled. So polite and comforting and professional.

Dee Munks, Durban Epic Testing Centre Client

Very impressed with your service. Your Staff were professional and well mannered. Will definitely recommend you!

Cheryl Clegg, Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client

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; Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client
What a fast and friendly service!
Nadia, Maritime Solutions

My client would like to thank the entire Cape Town Epicentre team, for the excellent manner in which their employees have been made aware of their status.

Jan, Optimal Solve; Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client

I am so grateful for all that Johann has done for us as a family and still doing. I am eternally grateful, and I stand in awe of his kindness. It brings tears to my eyes to think that someone can be so kind to total strangers. May the Lord bless you and keep you and take you from strength to strength. I took my uncle from a drug house about two months ago. He was slowly disappearing because of malnutrition. He doesn’t have any children or a wife. We all he has, and now you are willing to go the extra mile for him. My words are not enough to thank you. 🙏🏼 Bless you sir

Melton, Cape Town Epic Testing centre client

Our Pensioners Discount COVID Antigen Tests Explained

Why do we offer a pensioners discount?

We want to make our community safer for those that need it most.

Epicentre offers this discount at cost to our organization, as this discount is not part of any study. We simply want to make COVID testing easier to those that research shows are most at risk for a dangerous COVID infection.

Where can you get a pensioner’s discount on our COVID Antibody test?

Get this discount at any of Epicentre’s branches. You can get these high quality discounted COVID Rapid Antigen tests in:

Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.

Rondebosch (Cape Town), Western Cape.

Bellville (Cape Town), Western Cape.

Randburg (Johannesburg), Gauteng.

What is a Rapid COVID 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 Antigen 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 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 ago

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 have been exposed to COVID-19 and started symptoms more than 3 days ago.

Please check with your airline, travel agent or doctor if you are having this test done for an official purpose such as international flights or a medical procedure:

👉 Epicentre provides official, recognized certification – but this method of testing has not yet been approved for all purposes in all countries.

When should you get a Rapid COVID Antigen test?

An Antigen Test is looking for antigen fragments, you will have the most fragments when you have the most COVID virus in your body.

👉 This stage can be seen on the graph, when the purple block is highest. It is therefore easiest to pick up an infection you are at your peak infectiousness 2-3 days before your symptoms start to 2-3 days after your symptoms begin.

The testing period ends 3 to 4 days after your symptoms start.

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 (when your incubation period ends) and drops off suddenly after 3-4 days of symptoms.

Covid infection day by day

How can a Rapid COVID Antigen test help you?

✔ A Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test can help you:

✔ Find out if you currently have COVID-19 & are highly infectious

✔ If you need to have a very quick test to determine your COVID-19 status

✔ For travel to some countries, for some medical procedures and events.

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 Walk-In Lab test?

You can get a wide range of tests with our testing angels at one of our many branches!

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!

Epicentre Special Deals

We offer free and heavily discounted tests as they are subsidized by research organizations that are looking to use this anonymous information to investigate various research questions, like can people test themselves for COVID?

Our Special Deals

Epicentre offers

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

(R250 with a R50 pensioners discount!)

Cough Check 3 in 1 PCR: RSV, Flu & COVID

FREE!

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R500)

Home based COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R1150 + travel over 50kms)

Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Tests

On Sale! (R150)

Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 12hrs)

(R850)

Cape Town Only

Extra Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 4-5hrs)

(R2000)

Cape Town Only

International Flight Testing Package

(PCR + Antiviral Mask)

(R1000)

Laboratory Typhoid Test

Drive Through

(R500)

Cape Town Only

Laboratory Typhoid Test

Home

(R1150)

Cape Town Only

Rapid Typhoid Test

Drive Through

(R250)

Cape Town Only

Rapid Typhoid Test

Home

(R900)

Cape Town Only

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