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Nasopharyngeal PCR test

The sample is collected by specialised health personnel with nose and pharynx swabs at your home or at the indicated place. Results are provided in 24 hours. *Samples submitted after 10.30 a.m. will be analysed the following working day.

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EpiDisease S.L. offers a service of early detection of suspected cases of active SARS-CoV-2 infection, from respiratory or saliva samples, using the molecular technique of Polymerase Chain Reaction with reverse transcriptase, known by its acronym PCR.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Viral RNA is extracted from the samples and three viral genes are analysed using the TaqPath COVID-19 CE-IVD RT-PCR kit from Thermo-Fisher, a leader company in in vitro diagnostics.
This kit has high sensitivity, detecting up to 10 copies of the virus in the PCR reaction. In addition, the fact that it detects 3 genes of the virus increases the specificity of the technique and reduces the number of false positives.

SAMPLE COLLECTION

Healthcare staff will go to the address indicated by you and will bring all the necessary material to take your sample. You may follow the sanitary measures and follow the instructions of the professional. The healthcare staff will take both oropharyngeal (swabbing of the tonsils and tonsil area) and nasopharyngeal (a swab is inserted into the nasal cavity and gently rubbed on the back of the nasopharynx) samples.


The tube will be sent by the sanitary personnel to our facilities for analysis. The sample is considered invalid if the tube is broken during the transport, without liquid medium, without a swab, or without the appropriate label.

*All samples must be accompanied by the appropriate signed Informed Consent Form we will provide you at the web page or in our laboratory.

RESULTS

Within 24 hours after sample collection, you will receive an email with your results report in English and Spanish language.

The TaqPath COVID-19 CE-IVD RT-PCR test result can provide you the following results:

  • Positive: The presence of at least 10 copies of the virus are detected in the PCR. This means that you are infected by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
  • Negative: none of the three viral genes are detected in your sample. A negative PCR result means there is no presence of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in your sample at the time of sample was taken.
  • Inconclusive only one gene amplifies. In this case, our laboratory test will repeat the PCR test in your sample. Positive is reported if the result is consistent with the first test result.
  • Invalid: internal positive control is no detected during the PCR analysis. So, we will proceed to repeat the PCR analysis or we will proceed to extract again viral nucleic acid. A new sample can be taken if required.

If the sample is found to be suboptimal for testing, you will be notified, and the total cost of the contracted service will not be charged or will be refunded. This result is not diagnostic. A qualified healthcare professional, i.e., a registered physician, must make a final COVID-19 diagnostic in agreement with the current health guidelines.

Positive PCR cases will be reported to the competent Health Authority of the Regional Administration according to the instructions and criteria agreed for this purpose by the competent Health Authority in agreement with Section Two of Order SND/344/2020.

 

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