The London Cosmetic is pleased to be able to offer the Laboratory certified Corona Virus COVID-19 testing by PCR assay and Antibody screening for Coronavirus IgG antibodies
Our home collection kit enables you to provide samples for yourself or your family in the safety of your own home and send to our laboratory where it will be tested to see if you are currently suffering from covid-19 (coronavirus) illness or have developed Antibody to the virus as the protective imunity. With the advice being to stay home if you have symptoms, there are no options to receive testing unless you are an essential worker, or admitted to hospital and very unwell.
A PCR test looks for the presence of the RNA of the virus itself. This means that it will pick up the presence of the actual virus in the nose and throat. It is 100% accurate and will be able to confirm whether anyone with symptoms has the virus. It will also pick up whether the virus is present for people who have been exposed but are not showing any symptoms as yet. So long as there are viruses present on the swab the laboratory receives it will be reported “virus detected”.
The test only needs nasal/throat swab and the specimen should be sent on the same day they are taking for the best result. However, samples are stable at ambient temperature for 3-6 days. Specimens should be sent to the laboratory in Category B packaging and labelled as containing HOGH RISK specimen. Sample should be taken from symptomatic patients between days 1-5 from onset of symptoms.
When you receive it open the package read the instructions carefully.
First carefully read the introduction letter and instructions, and register your kit. There is more detail than this but simply put, twist open the swab and remove it without touching the soft tip. While standing in front of a mirror, insert the swab into the back of your throat and firmly swab your tonsils and either side of the throat, avoiding your tongue. Then put the swab into one nostril and twirl for a few seconds. Put the swab back into the tube it came in a press it closed. Place the closed swab, along with your completed test request form into the prepaid envelope provided, seal and post as soon as possible from any royal mail postal point.
As with all viral PCR test, if you just develop the infection and have very low viral loads, it is less likely the virus will be detected. Where there is a strong clical suspicion of symptoms of early Covid-19 infection, repeat test should be considered 24-48 hours after.
The incubation period of COVID-19 ranges from between 1 to 14 days, with the majority of cases manifesting with symptoms at 3 – 5 days. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, dry cough and difficulty breathing. These symptoms have the potential to develop into a very severe acute respiratory illness. Evidence shows that fatality rates increase with age, gender, body weight, ethnicity and comorbidities
What should I do if the Covid-19 test result is positive?
You should self-isolate to avoid infecting others. The NHS has advice on COVID-19 will help you decide what step you should be taken.
Antibody testing can tell whether a person has been previously infected and have developed the protective immunity. Most patients who recover from coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies, but it is not yet known if an individual with a positive result showing presence of IgG levels following being infected with COVID-19 will be protected, either fully or partially from future infection, or for how long protective immunity may last.
Antibody Testing using Chemiluminescent Immunoassay by The Doctor Laboratory (TDL Pathology) provides 100% Specificity and 97.5% Sensitivity for presence of antibodies
When you receive it open the package read the letter and information carefully. It is a fairly simple process to provide a blood sample via a finger prick but if you have never done it before it pays to follow the instructions closely
The host immune system reacts to the infection by producing antibodies from a few days to 2 weeks after the onset of symptoms. Specific IgG antibodies are produced in the later stages of infection to COVID-19.
if you want to know:
Then it is the PCR test which you should have.
If you want to know:
Then it is the IgG antibody blood test you need.
You should have both Covid-19 virus PCR and Antibody tests to ensure that you are free from the infection and have protective immunity.
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