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Where in Cebu city can you get a virus test?  There is one station on Osmenia 3 blocks from the capitol and they charge 2000P = $40+ USD.  Are there any cheaper alternatives? 

Are all virus tests using PCR protocol?

If PCR tests are being mandated, how can you find out how many cycles they are using?  For example, testing cycles 25 and below are more accurate than above 25; 30 or 40 cycles doubles and triples the possibility of false positives according to the CDC and WHO which have sent out bulletins worldwide.  Did the PH get the message?

Thanks ahead for information.

 

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This may be a new option. Who wants to be first to try it in the Philippines? The rest describes the process. It's worth going to the link to read it all but too much to post.  

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16 hours ago, Kreole said:

Where in Cebu city can you get a virus test?  There is one station on Osmenia 3 blocks from the capitol and they charge 2000P = $40+ USD.  Are there any cheaper alternatives? 

Are all virus tests using PCR protocol?

If PCR tests are being mandated, how can you find out how many cycles they are using?  For example, testing cycles 25 and below are more accurate than above 25; 30 or 40 cycles doubles and triples the possibility of false positives according to the CDC and WHO which have sent out bulletins worldwide.  Did the PH get the message?

Thanks ahead for information.

 

There are 6 near Fuentes Circle   BioPath  (2) / Cebu Doctors / Red Cross / Vicente Soto / DOH (dept of health)

Red Cross P2,000, Vicente Soto free w/ Philhealth I believe - 2 / 3 week wait to get test - register on line, Bio Path was free, now P3,400,  Cebu Doc P5,000 no discount, P3,400 senior, P1,600 Philhealth, P600 senior citizen (not visitor) w/ Philhealth, DOH P900 w/Philhealth online registration very long wait

Verify all prices first

Red Cross - register online  / pay online  or get paperwork and pay at BDO then take to station - first come first served - maybe senior priority

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Salamat for the useful information.

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On 5/13/2021 at 3:53 AM, Kreole said:

testing cycles 25 and below are more accurate than above 25; 30 or 40 cycles doubles and triples the possibility of false positives according to the CDC and WHO

This strikes me as wrong.  A source would be appreciated, i'd like to see what they are getting at.

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15 hours ago, rfm010 said:

This strikes me as wrong.  A source would be appreciated, i'd like to see what they are getting at.

There is lots of information if you do a search online beyond the first page of google references.

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This may be a new option. Who wants to be first to try it in the Philippines?

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My experience using the instant at-home COVID-19 test that’s CDC-approved for travel to the US

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Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the testing program for international travel to the United States, allowing airlines to accept at-home instant tests that include remote supervision.

I purchased a six-pack of Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Test for $150 through eMed, which includes supervision for each test and currently appears to be the only at-home instant test to meet the CDC’s supervision requirement (at this time, the CDC hasn’t released a list of eligible tests).

While this eMed six-pack is compliant, a similar version sold through pharmacies may not be, so be sure to select the option that includes an “eMed Certified Guide.”

My six-pack arrived the day after I placed my order, and appeared to be valid through Sept. 17, so I’ll be able to use the remaining kits for future trips. You’ll need to order the kit before you depart the U.S., and bring it along on your trip so you can complete the test within the required three-day window.

When it was time to test, I downloaded the NAVICA app, created an account and logged in via the web browser on my computer. I then began a short questionnaire.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/my-experience-using-the-instant-at-home-covid-19-test-that-s-cdc-approved-for-travel-to-the-us/ar-BB1gJAKA?ocid=msedgdhp

 

 

The rest describes the process. It's worth going to the link to read it all but too much to post.

 

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Kreole
On 3/20/2021 at 7:06 AM, Irenicus said:

I'll take the anus swab over the cranial nose spelunker swab - heard that thing hurts like hell.   And after the 80's, I don't have a septum anymore so that swab would go straight into my frontal cortex.

Do the anal swab folks offer reach around service, or it that extra?

 

You can get a saliva swap test instead of nasal.  All you have to do is spit in a cup. There is a god, after all.

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On 5/16/2021 at 6:59 AM, Dafey said:

This may be a new option. Who wants to be first to try it in the Philippines?

The rest describes the process. It's worth going to the link to read it all but too much to post.

 

Where in Cebu do they do the antigen test described in this post?  Cebu Pacific is offering this test ONLY for travelers to specific destinations.  There must be other locations where you don't have to take a plane.  I would gladly pay for a set of the antigen tests that Dafey describes here.

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Today I checked with Cebu Doctors and the regular price is 2,200 for antigen; for seniors it is 1,760.  The results are available in 2 hours.  But you may only have 48 hours from the time of the test results to arrive at your destination.

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19 hours ago, Kreole said:

You can get a saliva swap test instead of nasal.  All you have to do is spit in a cup. There is a god, after all.

Cebu Doc did the stick

9 hours ago, Kreole said:

Today I checked with Cebu Doctors and the regular price is 2,200 for antigen; for seniors it is 1,760.  The results are available in 2 hours.  But you may only have 48 hours from the time of the test results to arrive at your destination.

Hi-Precision also P1,400 if my memory is correct :lamoe:32 2560151

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4 hours ago, lamoe said:

Cebu Doc did the stick

Hi-Precision also P1,400 if my memory is correct :lamoe:32 2560151

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Salamat.  I will go there.

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On 5/19/2021 at 11:33 AM, Kreole said:

Where in Cebu do they do the antigen test described in this post?  Cebu Pacific is offering this test ONLY for travelers to specific destinations.  There must be other locations where you don't have to take a plane.  I would gladly pay for a set of the antigen tests that Dafey describes here.

Apparently there is misinformation regarding the really FAST  RAPID ANTIGEN TEST. that is offered by Cebu Pacific.  I am trying to avoid the PCR tests because they have a high incidence of false positives.  The PCR test has two variants; the nose jab or the saliva.  However, the rapid test I described above is not, to my u understanding a PCR test.   The results for the one at Cebu Pacific are only good for 48 hours after receiving the test as opposed to 72 hours for the PCR. 

So, far, I cannot find anywhere in Cebu where that test is given.  I am guessing because the PCR test is so lucrative and the new test is half that price.  I am very disappointed having to pay 2000 p for a potential false positive that could land me stuck in quarantine in Cebu for 14 days.

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Had a German guy come visit me yesterday. His company is doing solar-power installations and I got a quote from him on a project. He came from Surigao to Siargao and needed some Covid tests for himself and his crew of about eight guys before they could take the boat over from the mainland.

They're doing the saliva tests now which cost 1,200 per person and the results only take five minutes. Most importantly they don't have to jam some intrusive probe into your noggin. I got no idea how accurate these tests are but that's what this province is using to test people now.

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9 hours ago, BossHog said:

They're doing the saliva tests now which cost 1,200 per person and the results only take five minutes.

Not to say for one moment that that information is incorrect...... but..... that sounds very much like the cost and timescale of an Antigen Test, not a Saliva test which is a PCR Test.  Perhaps that could be confirmed?  

 

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Perhaps that could be confirmed?  

 You spit in a test tube. The Philippine Red Cross is administering the saliva tests.

https://redcross.org.ph/covid19/saliva-test/

That website says 2,000 pesos and a few hours for results but just passing along what I heard.

The price and testing procedure were described to me by the German guy I mentioned who did it a couple of days ago.

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