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Hospital Clínica Benidorm has launched the COVID-19 Preventive Medical Consultation in which the COVID-19 Rapid TEST is being performed on patients who request it. The consultation, by appointment, consists of the attention and advice of medical personnel and the performance of the Rapid TEST for the detection of anti-IGG-IGM antibodies against COVID-19.
There are many doubts from patients and from the general population about the best way to detect a possible COVID-19 infection. In fact, a lot of the time we are talking about a Rapid TEST or PCR test without understanding that only a doctor should assess which test is more appropriate, depending on the case of each patient. Despite this, in most cases a Rapid TEST, such as those being carried out in HCB, is sufficient to know if the disease has passed and when approximately.
To avoid any doubt, the Laboratory and Microbiology Service of the Hospital Clínica Benidorm details below what information each type of test provides us with.
The IGG-IGM Rapid TEST provides information on whether and when you have been infected by COVID-19. The IGM indicator is associated with a recent infection and the IGG indicator is associated with a previous infection. Depending on the levels of these markers, the specialist will be able to assess when the infection has occurred.
In the media we have heard of “false negatives”. This occurs in some cases due to the so-called “window period”: in the first days of the disease the antibodies are not revealed and the TEST, which has not detected them yet, is negative. It should be noted that this is not the most frequent.
Furthermore, the Rapid TEST for the detection of anti-COVID-19 IGG-IGM antibodies is very useful and quick to determine whether or not the infection has occurred. It is performed with a small blood sample, normally extracted from the finger with a light prick, and in 15 minutes the result is obtained.
Other screening tests
PCR is another diagnostic test that detects the presence of genetic material of the virus in our body. For this determination, another type of sample is required, consisting of a nasopharyngeal exudate or another respiratory sample. PCR tells us if the infection is active at the present time. Therefore, in most cases, the quickest and most practical way is to start with a Rapid TEST, especially if there are no symptoms.
In cases where the Rapid TEST is positive in both its markers or in the IGM (recent infection) marker, the best way to assess whether the patient is currently having the infection and can spread it is by performing a PCR test.
In other cases, the patient has had the disease and wants to return to his job. Once the PCR test is negative, it is understood that the infection is no longer active and is no longer contagious.
In cases with patients presenting symptoms compatible with COVID-19, it is also recommended to carry out this type of test that will confirm if those symptoms are due to this infection.
To avoid unnecessary tests or diagnostic errors, the COVID-19 detection TEST at Hospital Clínica Benidorm is always carried out by medical personnel who guide the patient in each case and possible situation.
Hospital Clínica Benidorm is carrying out rapid COVID-19 antibody detection tests on all members of the organization, in its hospital center in Benidorm and in its medical centers in El Albir, Moraira, Calpe and Alicante. In addition to conducting tests on all staff, Hospital Clínica Benidorm, through its Preventive Medicine Service, has implemented a protocol…