Saliva-based health screen for detecting the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This antigen test can advise whether you are currently infected with the virus.
Saliva sample easily collected at home or in the workplace
Less invasive than a deep nasal (nasopharyngeal) swab
Receive your results via SMS less than 36 hours after testing
Bulk and repeat order discounts available
During the current pandemic, given our 7 years experience in direct-to-consumer saliva-based testing services, we have diverted resources and expertise into developing a simple, low cost and scalable testing service for SARS-CoV-2.
|Coronavirus Test Kit Specifications|
|Sample type||Saliva sample|
|Application||Qualitative PCR test for detection of SARS-CoV-2 N/E genes (CE IVD compliant)|
|Estimated turnaround time||36 hours from receipt (lab operates Monday to Friday)*|
Based on these results, you can take appropriate isolation and hygiene measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and improve workplace safety.
FitnessGenes saliva testing kit is one of the world’s first saliva tests for the identification of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
This test uses the RT-PCR method and protocol defined by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC)1 and has been extensively validated by our UK-based laboratory for the detection of coronavirus.
1. CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel
Avoid the discomfort of an invasive nasopharyngeal swab, which must be inserted deep into the nose and/or throat.
Do it yourself
Saliva samples can easily be collected at home or in the workplace. Simply provide a small sample of your saliva in a collection tube and send it back to our lab. Unlike deep nasal swabs, there is no need for a trained medical professional to be on hand.
Viral PCR tests have a high sensitivity and specificity. This means that if you test positive, we can be extremely confident that you do have COVID-19. Recent studies suggest that saliva testing is more sensitive for SARS-CoV-2 detection compared to nasopharyngeal swabs.1
Once we receive and process your saliva sample, we’ll get your results to you within 36 hours via SMS text message.
Identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals (those who carry the virus but have no symptoms) quickly and effectively, reducing the risk of workplace outbreaks.
1. Wylie. A, et al. Saliva is more sensitive for SARS-CoV-2 detection in COVID-19 patients than nasopharyngeal swabs. medRxiv 2020.04.16.20067835 (2020)
Order testing kits online
Register barcode and client details
Send a saliva sample
Receive your results
Improve health and safety
Order as many saliva testing kits as required for your workplace, business, or personal use. We’ll aim to ship to your address within 24 hours.*
(*Note: we can only ship to UK addresses).
Once you’ve received your kit(s), you can distribute them to your colleagues, clients, or family members as required. Each user can then individually register their saliva testing kit and contact details online. This allows us to track a saliva sample anonymously through the testing process and send each user their results privately via SMS text message
Simply provide a small sample of saliva in the collection tube. Once collected, send it back to us at no additional cost using our Freepost service, or via a Next Day Delivery service for an even faster turnaround. We’ll notify each user by SMS text message once we’ve received their sample.
Your saliva sample will undergo RT-PCR testing for viral RNA at our UK-based laboratory. This will detect whether you are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Get your results within 12-36 hours of your sample being received at the laboratory. You will receive one of four possible results:
Each user will receive their result via SMS text message. Note that where your test was purchased on your behalf by an employer, we will also share your test results with them. Return of the sample is an acceptance of these terms.
Please refer to our results guidance for more information
*No test is 100% accurate. If your test comes back positive for COVID-19 then we can be very confident that you do have COVID-19. However, people with COVID-19 can be missed by these tests. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is safest to self-isolate, even if the test does not show COVID-19.
By identifying whether you or others are carrying coronavirus, you’ll be able to take appropriate measures to ensure your own safety, as well as that of staff, clients, and the general public. Our team is also on hand to offer scientific advice regarding isolation, disinfection, and contact tracing.
This test detects whether or not you are currently carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
You may have heard this test also referred to as an antigen test or PCR test.
It detects the presence of genetic material, called RNA, that is specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If you are currently infected with this coronavirus, you will shed virus particles (which contain viral RNA) into their saliva and therefore test positive using our assay.
If you test negative, then you are most likely not currently infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (at the time of testing).*
* Important note: a negative test result does not preclude current or later infection and the development of COVID-19 symptoms should not be ignored.
A positive test result means that you were most likely infected with coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) when you provided your saliva sample, and can give the virus to others.
According to government guidelines, if they had or currently have symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. a new onset cough, high temperature, and/or loss of taste of smell), you should self-isolate and stay at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started.
If you do not have symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate for 14 days.
The test has a high sensitivity and specificity. This means, respectively, that the likelihood of receiving a false negative or false positive test result is very low.
The test is validated as having 100% sensitivity at viral loads of 750 copies/mL or greater in in vitro limit of detection (LOD) testing. In other words, a positive result was correctly called 100% of the time when 750 copies of synthetic viral RNA per mL were spiked into a saliva sample (using ISO approved RNA control spike-in material)1
To put this figure in context, typical transmissible viral loads (that cause infection) are usually several fold higher, with viral loads between 10,000 and 100,000,000 copies/mL commonly seen in saliva samples of patients who test positive for SARS-CoV-2.2-4 This means there is a very low likelihood of actually carrying the COVID-19 coronavirus but falsely receiving a negative test result.
When tested against samples containing other similar human viruses or those confirmed not to contain SARS-CoV-2, positive results were not seen, showing the specificity of RT-PCR coronavirus tests to be very high.5-7 This means there is an extremely low likelihood of receiving a positive test result despite not carrying coronavirus.
(Note that negative results do not preclude SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information such as history of exposure to the virus - US FDA advice). 8
2. To et al., Temporal profiles of viral load in posterior oropharyngeal saliva samples and serum antibody responses during infection by SARS-CoV-2: an observational cohort study, Lancet Infect Dis., 20(5): 565-574 (2020)
3. Yoon et al., Clinical Significance of a High SARS-CoV-2 Viral Load in the Saliva, J Korean Med Sci., 25;35(20): e195 (2020)
4. Wyllie et al., Saliva is more sensitive for SARS-CoV-2 detection in COVID-19 patients than nasopharyngeal swabs. medRxiv 2020.04.16.20067835 (2020)
5. CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel
6. WHO Diagnostic detection of 2019-nCoV by real-time RT-PCR. (2020
7. Watson, J., Whiting, P. F., & Brush, J. E. Interpreting a covid-19 test result. BMJ, 369. (2020).
8. FDA. Real-Time Fluorescent RT-PCR Kit for Detecting SARS-2019-nCoV (2020).
This test can be taken at any time of day, although preliminary evidence does suggest that it may be better to provide a saliva sample early in the morning rather than later in the day.1
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. a new onset cough, high temperature, and/or loss of taste or smell), it is generally best to take the test within the first 5 days from when your symptoms started. This is because you shed more virus particles into your saliva during this time period, making it easier to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 via testing.
1. Tajima, Y., Suda, Y., & Yano, K. A case report of SARS-CoV-2 confirmed in saliva specimens up to 37 days after onset: Proposal of saliva specimens for COVID-19 diagnosis and virus monitoring. Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy (2020)
Yes – you can have have no symptoms and still be carrying and spreading coronavirus.
Although estimates vary considerably, studies suggest that anywhere between 5 and 80% of people testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 may be asymptomatic.1
While the relationship between viral load and infectiousness is yet to be fully elucidated, one modelling study, based primarily on epidemiological data, estimated that 44% of transmission could occur before first symptoms of COVID-19 present.2 Therefore, identifying a carrier before the onset of illness could prevent many more infections.
1. Heneghan, C., Brassey, J. & Jefferson, T. COVID-19: What proportion are asymptomatic? CEBM (2020).
2. He, X., Lau, E.H.Y., Wu, P. et al. Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19. Nat Med 26, 672–675 (2020).
No – this is not an antibody test.
An antibody test assesses whether you have already had COVID-19. It involves taking a blood sample and testing for the presence of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Generally speaking, antibodies may be found 2 weeks after infection. Scientists are still unsure of how long these antibodies remain in the bloodstream and whether/for how long they confer immunity to redeveloping COVID-19.
The FitnessGenes COVID-19 saliva test is an antigen or PCR test. It assesses whether you are currently carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It does NOT assess whether you have had COVID-19 in the past.
No – this test only shows whether a person currently has COVID-19 and is carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the time of testing.
If you receive a negative result, it is impossible to tell whether you previously had COVID-19 and now carry antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. An antibody test is required to find this information.
A 'failed' result means that we were unable to process your saliva sample at our laboratory.
In this event, we will send you a new saliva test kit free of charge for retesting.
If you receive a 'failed' result and are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. a new onset cough, high temperature, and/or loss of taste of smell), then, as per government guidance, you should stay at home and self-isolate for at least 7 days from when symptoms started.
If you receive a 'failed' result and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, then you do not need to self-isolate.
An 'inconclusive' result means that the test may have only partially detected the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in your saliva, but the signal did not meet the criteria to be confirmed as a positive result.
If you receive an ‘inconclusive’ result, we recommend retesting. We will send you a new saliva kit free of charge.
In the meantime,you are advised to behave as if you have a positive test result and are currently carrying coronavirus – you should therefore self-isolate and stay at home for 7-14 days (see below) or until you receive the results of a retest.
According to government guidance, someone with an inconclusive result should self-isolate for 7 days from when symptoms started. If not showing symptoms, you should self-isolate for 14 days from when your original saliva sample was first provided. If you subsequently receive a negative test result, you can stop self-isolating.
Having extensive experience in direct-to-consumer genetic testing, FitnessGenes takes the privacy of users’ data extremely seriously and we are fully compliant with the UK Data Protection Act (1998) and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation.
Our databases are all encrypted at rest (AES-256) with strict white list access only. Users’ personal details are password protected and stored on secure servers.
Test result data and saliva samples are anonymized using unique barcodes. Saliva samples are also kept safely under surveillance
Experience. We are experts in direct-to-consumer saliva testing, with over 7 years’ experience in this field.
Confidentiality. We employ stringent security measures to protect your privacy and personal data.
Support. Our team of in-house qualified doctors and scientists can offer advice and guidance on what to do after you have received your results.