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Coronavirus – COVID-19 testing and Antibody Testing

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.

What is the process?

  • Contact us by phone or email to order.
  • The test kits will be sent to your home.
  • Read instruction and take specimen according to the instruction.
  • Send the samples back to our accredited Laboratory (TDL Pathology, London).
  • Once received, the laboratory will issue certificates of the result in 24 -48 hours.

Covid-19 testing by PCR assay (£149)

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”.

Specimen collection

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.

FAQ

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.

Corona virus – COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test (£99)

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

Specimen

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

FAQ

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.

In summary

if you want to know:

  • if your symptoms are being caused by covid-19
  • whether you or your family have been exposed to covid-19 and have the actual virus lurking in their noses and throats; and whether they need to self-isolate for the full 14 days and contact all their contacts –

Then it is the PCR test which you should have.

If you want to know:

  • if the fever and illness you had over 14 days ago was likely to be covid-19 and if you have developed protective immunity.

Then it is the IgG antibody blood test you need.

If you want to go back to work (Immunity Passport)

You should have both Covid-19 virus PCR and Antibody tests to ensure that you are free from the infection and have protective immunity.

Cost

  1. Corona Virus PCR Test: £149 & Free shipping
  2. Corona Virus Antibody Test: £99 & Free shipping
  3. Back to work test kit (Corona virus PCR & Antibody tests): £199 & Free shipping

Contact us now: Tel 02035813391, Email: info@thelondoncosmeticclinic.co.uk