Rapid Testing

Point-of-care rapid testing solutions

Reduce risk and monitor immunity with customized rapid testing programs using Health Canada-authorized* devices. Rapid, onsite tests reduce the transmission of COVID-19. When offsite lab-based testing isn’t easily accessed, or there simply isn’t time, point-of-care rapid tests fill the immediate gap. With results in minutes—not days—rapid tests get people back to work and daily life sooner.

* Authorized by Interim Order

Sample and test onsite with results in minutes

Songbird Life Science is a national leader in designing and deploying rapid-testing programs that use the most-reliable, Health Canada-authorized* devices. Whether it is one test or a combination, a Songbird plan is evidence-based and customized to suit the needs of the space and the people within it.

* Authorized by Interim Order

Rapid test comparison

Different rapid tests answer different questions. Whether detecting active infection or the presence of antibodies, each test is designed to respond at different points during a viral infection.

icon-pcr PCR/NAAT Antigen Antibody
PurposeConfirms the presence of an active viral infectionConfirms the presence of an active viral infectionConfirms the presence of antibodies from past infection or vaccine
MethodSwab-based test
Nasal or Nasopharyngeal to identify genetic markers
Swab-based test
Nasal or Nasopharyngeal to identify protein signatures
Lancet-based test
Blood test to identify IgM or IgG antibodies
TimeLess than 2 hoursLess than 20 minutesLess than 20 minutes
QualitiesHighest accuracy
Earliest detection
Most conclusive way to validate infection risk
Lowest cost
Easiest to deploy and test
Fastest results
• Surveillance tool for monitoring public health
• May determine immunity, vaccine efficacy and duration of protection
LimitsModerate cost
More complex deployment
• Positive test may require PCR to confirm
Lower accuracy
Unproven reliability for asymptomatic hosts
• IgG test does not identify active infection
• Does not guarantee an individual cannot infect others
Applications Diagnostic
Screening
Outbreak situations
Immunity monitoring
Diagnostic
Screening
Outbreak situations
Immunity monitoring
Diagnostic
Screening
Outbreak situations
Immunity monitoring

Probability of detection

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Explore our rapid testing options

PCR test

A PCR rapid test applies DNA/RNA technology to accurately identify the genetic markers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Learn more

Antigen test

A rapid antigen test for COVID-19 detects SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins to confirm the presence of an active infection. Learn more

Antibody test

Antibodies are proteins produced in response to a viral infection offering protection from future reinfection. Learn more

Choose the right point-of-care rapid test for your specific environment and population.