TYPES OF COVID-19 TEST AT HCB

ELISA ANTIBODY TEST

PCR test

RAPID ANTIGEN TEST


What type of screening test is recommended?

  • ELISA ANTIBODY TEST:f you don't have symptoms and you need to know if the you have had the disease.
  • PCR
    1. In the cases in which the Rapid TEST ELISA is positive in its two markers or in the IGM marker (recent infection).
    2. In cases with patients who present symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
    3. If you have been in close contact with someone infected with confirmed COVID-19.
    4. To prove that you no longer have the infection. Once the PCR test is negative, it is understood that the infection is no longer active and is no longer contagious.
  • Rapid Antigen Test: This test, due to its reliability and speed to obtain the result, is very useful for the following cases:
    • Rule out infection in close contacts.
    • Study of contacts in groups.
    • Rapid diagnosis in emergency cases.

HOW EACH TEST IS PERFORMED AND HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS TAKE?

  • 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 results of the two types of tests can be known in 24 hours, except if the tests are carried out on a Friday, in which case they will be given the following Monday morning.

WHEN CAN I HAVE COVID-19 TESTS AT HCB

ELISA TEST PCR TEST ANTIGENS
HOSPITAL CLÍNICA BENIDORM Mon to Fri
Laboratory Hours
Mon to Fri 8.30 - 11
Mon to Thu 5.30pm - 7pm
Mon to Fri
12pm to 2pm
HCB CALPE Mon to Fri
Laboratory Hours
Mon to Fri
10.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Monday to Friday
11 a.m. to 12 p.m
HCB ASISTEL MORAIRA Mon, Wed, Fri
Laboratory Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
At HCB
HCB SALUS ALBIR At HCB At HCB At HCB

PRICE TESTS. WITH INSURANCE

  • ELISA ANTIBODY TEST: 60 euros
  • PCR: 120 euros
  • RAPID ANTIGEN TEST: 40 euros
  • RAPID ANTIBODIES TEST: 30 euros
  • Check collective prices

Currently, there are companies that cover some testing. You can ask your Company or in reception about the coverage.

What is the difference between the PCR test and the Antibody tests?

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).

How is the new Antigen Test different from other tests?

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.

When should I get tested for COVID-19?

If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID.

What should I do if my result is POSITIVE?

  • 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.

HOW THE RESULTS ARE COMMUNICATED?

Test results are sent 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.

How long can it take for antibodies to appear in my body and be detected by tests?

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.

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MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A COVID-19 TEST AT HCB

For INDIVIDUALS

Monday to Friday
8 a.m to 8 p.m
96 585 38 50
If they cannot take your call, they will call you back on the same day.
Or, make an appointment through this form and we will call you as soon as possible.

    For COLLECTIVES

    Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Julia Amador
    665 95 97 28
    Carmen Vilaseca
    626 95 37 09