The COVID-19 infection is the disease caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus, which has been recently discovered and which causes respiratory infections that can be from minor to serious nature. All the information in this webpage has been obtained from the following official sources: the Spanish Immunology Society, the Spanish Health Ministry and the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinic Microbiology.
It is considered to be a suspicious case of infection of SARS-CoV-2 anybody with a clinical picture of acute respiratory infection of sudden emergence at any level of severity, showing other symptoms such as: fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Some other atypical symptoms such as odynophagia, anosmia, ageusia, muscular pain, diarrhoea, chest pain or headache among others. These ones can be symptoms of suspicious infection by SARS-CoV-2 according to clinical criteria.
Some people don’t show any symptoms at all or they present a very mild symptomatology.
This disease is spread mainly from one person to another through the small droplets that come from our nose or mouth when coughing, sneezing or speaking. That is why it is so important to keep the social personal distance (at least 2 metres). These droplets fall on objects or surfaces, so that anybody can be infected if they touch these objects and then they touch their eyes. That is why it is so important washing your hands frequently with water and soap or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
It is essential to book an appointment and come to the clinic wearing mask, as well as to inform if the person who performs the test has any type of compatible symptoms. Do not eat, drink or smoke in the 30 minutes prior the sample collection.
For epidemiological control purposes, patients will also be required to fill out a questionnaire and provide a series of data, which will only be disclosed, if notification to the relevant health authorities is necessary.
Currently, in order to travel to certain destinations, it is a requirement to perform a PCR and/or antigens tests. Each destination country has its recommendations and we suggest getting information first so as not to carry out unnecessary tests or that the delivery time prevents us from making the trip.
Open House Medical Center offers special discounts to groups or companies, write us in our contact form indicating the test, the date and the number of people and you will receive a response within the next 24 business hours.
At Open House, we perform three groups of diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19: two are used to confirm or rule out active infections (RT-PCR and respiratory sample antigen tests) and another to confirm past or resolved infections (serological antibody tests). According to its diagnostic utility defined by the patient’s situation, health authorities recommend performing one or another diagnostic test.
It is a test that detects IgM antibodies, which would indicate that there may be an active infection. In this case, the result must be confirmed with a test using the PCR technique and IgG antibodies, it indicates a possible past infection and, therefore, the “immunity” against the virus. This test is indicated in the following cases:
There are two types of antibody serologic tests:
The rapid test:
The precision of this test is of 90’2% after two weeks of the possible exposure to the virus and the results will be available within 20 minutes.
The precision of this test is arround 99% after two weeks of the possible exposure to the virus and the results will be available within 24-48 hours.
Do you live outside Madrid, or you don’t need a medical consultation?
The latest tests incorporated by the health authorities for the diagnosis of Sars-CoV-2 are the latest generation rapid antigen tests, unlike the previous ones, they show a very high sensitivity compared to PCR (96.7%). At Open House, the results are delivered within 20 minutes from the collection of the sample. This test is indicated in the following cases:
Diagnosis through PCR presents a certain degree of complexity, since it is a technique that searches for the genetic material of the virus and requires many material and personnel resources to perform it, but it is an early detection technique and offers high specificity and sensitivity. reaching 99%. This test is indicated in the following cases:
At Open House Madrid we offer 2 alternatives to perform this test: result in 24 business hours or with our individual processing PCR system with result in 1 hour.
Do you live outside Madrid, you can use our online services, click below to see the available laboratories to do the test (results 24-48 business hours)
Due to the high workload at the laboratory derived from the current health emergency situation, there will be priority for testing samples from hospitals, the central laboratory informs:
The results term delivery begins when the sample arrives at the laboratory, but not when the sample is collected. Therefore, the term can be extended 24 additional hours.
The results delivery period can also be affected by the priority of other samples to be tested, when it is considered necessary for medical and epidemiological reasons.
Open House will do its best and put all its effort to give results in due time, if there is any incidence a prompt solution and alternative will be offered. Nevertheless, if a delay happened Open House cannot be responsible for the indirect and derived consequences (missing a flight, a particular event…).
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