The Covid-19 disease has led to an unprecedented health emergency in recent times. Laboratories such as Unilabs have joined the fight to diagnose this disease through diagnostic tests that have become the most solid plan to control the spread of the virus.
In this way, the role of these health organizations has become essential in this ongoing struggle. Unilabs, the main European provider of diagnostic services, has played a prominent role in Spain during this pandemic. Let’s learn about the diagnostic services that your clinical laboratory offers in response to the Coronavirus emergency.
What is covid?
Despite having completed a year of its appearance, many are still in the search to understand what the coronavirus or covid is. COVID-19 is the name under which the infectious respiratory disease caused by strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is identified, first identified in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then it has experienced a growing wave of spread worldwide, and in turn it has mutated, which has allowed the appearance of new highly contagious variants.
How is covid spread?
Covid has been described as a highly contagious disease that poses great risks to human health. Its transmission in other animal species has not been proven.
The spread of the virus usually occurs through the transmission of body microfluidics released through the mouth and nose of the carrier. The contagion can occur directly or indirectly, either through direct contact with people and contaminated surfaces. It passes from the hands to the mucous membranes on the face, or through inhalation by exchange with the carrier through speech, sneezing, coughing or simple expiration.
Symptoms of contagion by covid
It is known that the virus that causes the disease can remain active for up to two days on surfaces exposed to the environment. However, its mechanism of action requires that it be incubated in the human body for a period of time ranging from two days to two weeks after the virus enters the body to observe the appearance of symptoms.
This symptomatic manifestation will depend on the health conditions of the infected person, as well as their general immune system. People with a weakened immune system due to a medical condition and elderly people are considered more vulnerable to contagion and the complication of symptoms. Symptoms can include:
• Fever, cough, and a feeling of body fatigue.
• Body pain and joint discomfort.
• Swelling and pain in the throat.
• Digestive disorders, including diarrhea.
• Alterations of the senses of taste and smell.
• Skin changes.
Something that has been alerted is that the symptoms can be confused with a common flu or even allergies. Even so, in the event of any alert, it is best to perform a Covid Test and rule out the disease.
Unilabs in the diagnosis of covid
There are many diagnostic tests that have been designed to diagnose patients who may have been infected with covid. This contributes to an early diagnosis that allows prompt patient care and prevents the spread of the virus. In this sense, Unilabs offers its clients 3 different tests to detect a possible contagion.
Unilabs services include diagnostic solutions suitable for different medical specialties, adding today clinical laboratory technology to meet the need to care for possible cases of covid.
How do Unilabs services work?
To make use of the professional medical diagnosis services in Unilabs laboratories, you just have to go directly to any of its centers within the public service hours, without requiring a prior appointment.
Payment can be made in advance and there is a margin of 30 continuous days to go to the center to perform the indicated test.
This serological test allows to identify in which stage of the contagion the patient is. It consists of taking a blood sample that will be subjected to analysis with specific reagents to detect the presence of the characteristic antibodies associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection, IgG and IgM, through a change in color.
These antibodies are detectable in sufficient quantities after the first 7 days after infection. In turn, they allow an estimate of the evolution of the disease to be made to know at what stage of its development the patient is situated, including whether a certain degree of immunity has been achieved.
It is a rapid test that allows detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection within the first 3 days after exposure to the virus. A sample of the secretions from the patient’s nasal mucosa is taken with a swab and taken to the laboratory for immediate processing.
Results of the clinical examination are usually available in no more than 30 minutes. The report with the results of both this test, as well as the rest, can be downloaded later through the Unilabs website following the instructions that will be indicated during the diagnostic procedure.
This is a highly sensitive diagnostic test with rapid results in the detection of positive cases of contagion by Covid. It has a wide detection spectrum, which is why it is used to identify any currently known strain of SARS-Cov-2.
A sample of nasopharyngeal exudate, that is, secretions from the back of the nose and throat, is cultured with the use of a swab. It is observed in the laboratory to identify the presence of genetic material of the virus. The test is effective from the first moment of contact with the virus.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.