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The objective of the Post COVID HCB Consultation is to assess the health status of the patient who has had the disease, especially in those cases where symptoms persist; or those who, without symptoms after the infection, want to know exactly which sequelae the infection may have left in their body; and the condition of their immune status.
The most common sequelae of patients who develop COVID-19 disease are related to thromboembolic diseases and respiratory complications. Apart from the presence of symptoms, another aspect that concerns patients is knowing their level of antibodies after having the disease.
For this reason, the HCB Post COVID consultation contemplates the performance of the ELISA / CLIA Test (one of the most reliable) and the possibility of thoroughly studying all aspects of the patient's cardiorespiratory and neurological health, as well as offering Physiotherapy and Respiratory Rehabilitation specific for sequelae derived from Covid.
In some patients, only basic tests will be necessary to make a full diagnosis, but in others a more in-depth medical study will be necessary, which will help determine which treatment is necessary for complete recovery and minimize sequelae, as well as help to adjust your post-COVID drug treatments.
All the information regarding this service and why a doctor is the only person who can determine which tests are necessary at: https://www.clinicabenidorm.com/en/post-covid-consultation-at-hospital-clinica-benidorm-specialized-medical-assessment-for-patients-with-covid-sequelae/
- ELISA ANTIBODY TEST: Is done with a blood extraction. The results can be known within 24 hours.
- PCR: A sample consisting of a nasopharyngeal swab or other respiratory sample is obtained. The results can be known within 24 hours.
- Rapid Antigen Test: It is performed using a nasopharyngeal smear. Results are delivered in 15 minutes by hand.
The PCR test is a test that directly detects the genetic material of the virus we are looking for. Alternatively, serological tests as the antibody tests are called (rapid or Elisa test) reflect whether the patient is or has been infected based on the antibodies that he has produced in response to contact with a foreign microorganism.
Indirectly it tells us that if we have antibodies it is because at some point a foreign microorganism has entered our body and our immune system has detected it and has begun to produce antibodies to defend ourselves against this "invader".
The organism produces its first defences at first contact (IgM antibodies) and later produces defences that will last for the rest of your life (IgG antibodies).
The Rapid Antigen Test detects virus proteins. Which brings it closer to the PCR test, which detects genetic material of the virus, than to the Rapid Tests (Rapid Test, ELISA ...) that detect the antibodies generated by the organism.
Despite the high reliability of the Antigen Test, since this test detects virus fragments, there may be cross-reactions with other viruses with similar proteins, giving a false positive. Therefore, the most recommended test for diagnosis continues to be the PCR test.
If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID.
- ELISA ANTIBODY TEST:t must be confirmed by performing a PCR test.
- Rapid Antigen Test and PCR: If the result is positive in an asymptomatic patient, home isolation is recommended for 10 days and then repeat the test.
If the result is positive in a symptomatic patient, medical evaluation is recommended to guide the diagnosis. The isolation period is 10 days from the disappearance of the symptoms. In case of mild symptoms, home isolation and symptomatic treatment are recommended.
Following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health. The follow-up of the case will be supervised until the epidemiological discharge in the manner established by Public Health.
The test results can be seen by using the App HCB Paciente or Portal Paciente HCB. We can also send it by email. For their correct reception we recommend the following:
- Check that you provide us with your email correctly.
- In compliance with the General Law on Protection of Personal Data, the information you will receive will be encrypted. The password to decrypt it will be provided to you when the test is performed. (It is preferable that you open the email on a computer, since this Security process is not allowed on most mobiles.)
- Test results may vary depending on the day, time and centre where it is performed.
The window period is known in the medical field as the time that elapses between when a person is infected (with coronavirus or another infectious disease) and diagnostic tests detect the infection.
In a PCR test this period of time can be short, since this test detects genetic material of the virus that is being searched for. However, this period of time may vary when we talk about serological tests since the immune system of each person is different.
Each immune system will take a different time to respond correctly and create defences to fight and defeat any invading microorganisms. According to studies, the production of antibodies can be detectable from 7-10 days of infection; however, the correct detection of antibodies will depend on the sensitivity of the diagnostic tests performed.
The Elisa / CLIA TEST is a serological test – it is obtained through a blood sample – that detects antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a quantitative way. It provides reliable information on two values: IgG type antibodies (past infection) and IgM type antibodies (infection in acute phase).
This is one of the most reliable tests today to know if antibodies have been created against COVID-19 or not. If the results provide IgG antibodies, it is confirmed that the patient has a past infection; that is, they have had the disease at some point.
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