RT-PCR test (Results in 4 hours)
Real-time RT-PCR is significantly faster, and you are less likely to have contamination or errors, as the entire process can be done in a closed test tube. Results are obtained in 4 hours.
Among the existing methods, it is still the most accurate to detect the coronavirus. RT-PCR cannot determine if someone has been infected with the virus in the past, which is very important to understand its development and spread because it only exists in the body for a certain time. The test that tells you if you had the virus before is the Antibodies.
Other methods are needed to detect, track, and study past infections, especially those that can develop or spread asymptomatically.
Antigen test (Results in 4 hours)
The Antigen test detects certain proteins in the virus. Using a nasal swab to get a fluid sample, antigen tests can produce results in minutes. Others may be sent to a lab for analysis. A positive antigen test result is considered accurate when instructions are carefully followed, but here's an increased chance of false-negative results — meaning it's possible to be infected with the virus but have a negative result.
Depending on the situation, the doctor may recommend a PCR test to confirm a negative antigen test result. Results are obtained in 4 hours.
I would like to take the COVID-19 PCR or Antigen tests in Los Cabos!
BlueNetHospitals offers you COVID-19 testing at our Hospital and also offers a Home testing service within the Los Cabos area (Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo), as well as in Puerto Los Cabos, Pescadero, La Ribera, Los Barriles, among others. Our team will be at your Doorstep to perform the test. Please contact us for more details.
If you want to know if you have COVID-19, you can get an RT-PCR test and Antigen test results in 4 hours, in 3 simple steps:
STEP 1: Fill out the following questionnaire
STEP 2: We will identify the best time to test you depending on your risk exposures or your own needs
STEP 3: The day and time of your test will be determined (testing in your Hotel or Home is available)
The severe symptoms are:
Difficulty breathing or feeling short of breath
Chest pain or pressure
Know if you are a person at risk against the coronavirus.
At BlueNetHospitals Los Cabos, we are ready to assist you by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call (624) 104-3911, and a team member will evaluate your case depending on your symptoms.
COVID-19 PCR tests are the most accurate way to detect or discard the virus.
At BlueNetHospitals, we perform the COVID-19 PCR test, using kits authorized by the Mexican Ministry of Health and INDRE, following all the protocols and safety measures.
You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire that will identify the best time to take the test, depending on your risk exposures. After that, the date and time for taking the test will be determined.
This test, called Nasopharyngeal Exudate, is performed by a trained Chemist using one special swab. The swab is inserted into a nostril.
PCR or molecular tests:
This type of COVID-19 test called PCR for Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests is the test recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to confirm current cases of COVID-19 because they directly detect the presence of the virus' genetic material (RNA) through samples taken from a person's respiratory secretions.
When is the optimal time to test me?
Before you make your appointment. Consider the following:
There is an optimal time to obtain the most accurate result. The result of each test will have a different interpretation and recommendations according to the following scenarios:
Asymptomatic without risk factors or risk contact
This can be done at any time you wish
Asymptomatic with factors
With known positive or highly suspicious contact
Recent trip by plane/bus/boat
Stay in a public or private Hospital environment
Sampling time: 5 days after contact. If negative, it is recommended to repeat the test 5 days after the last test to confirm.
Define symptom onset day
Time of sampling: 5 days after the onset of symptoms. If negative, it is recommended to repeat the test 5 days after the last test to confirm.
Time of sample taking: 14 days after the last day of symptoms, in case of being positive, repeat at 7 days.
If the person to be tested has had any suspicious contact with COVID-19 or has traveled by plane/bus/boat in the last 48 hours, we can do the test today by appointment. However, we suggest that you complete 5 days of travel for the test to ensure accuracy unless you have any symptoms or reasons to do it immediately.
After I have been tested, what happens next?
The swab with your sample will be processed in the laboratory for analysis.
A member of the BlueNetHospitals team will send you the results to the e-mail provided on the questionnaire.
We recommend that you schedule your appointment beforehand so that our team can deliver your result promptly.
What does it mean if the sample is positive for the virus that causes COVID-19?
If you tested positive for COVID-19, it means you currently have the virus. You must watch your symptoms carefully.
A positive COVID-19 PCR test result indicates that SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected and that the patient is infected with the virus and is presumed to be contagious. Laboratory test results should always be considered in clinical observations and epidemiological data when making a final diagnosis and patient management decisions. Patient management should follow current CDC guidelines.
Take the following steps to avoid spreading the virus:
Contacting your treating Doctor
Follow quarantine rules and stay at home (do not go outside unless you need medical attention)
Maintain a social distance even from other people in your home
Wash your hands constantly
Cover your nose and mouth when you touch or sneeze
Frequently cleans and disinfects common surfaces such as telephones, controls, tables, door handles, water faucets, etc
What does it mean if the sample test is negative for the virus that causes COVID-19?
A negative result for this test means that SARS-CoV-2 RNA was not present in the sample above the detection limit. However, a negative result does not rule out COVID-19 and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions. A negative result does not exclude the possibility of having COVID-19.
When diagnostic tests are negative, the possibility of a false negative result should be considered in the context of a patient's recent exposures and the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. A false negative result should be considered, especially if a patient's current exposures or clinical presentation indicate that he or she is likely to have COVID-19 and diagnostic tests for other causes of illness (other respiratory diseases) are negative. If the patient is still suspected of having COVID-19 based on exposure history along with other clinical findings, health care providers should consider retesting. It is recommended that the test be repeated on the fifth and tenth day after the onset of symptoms or date of exposure.
You should still follow guidelines for handwashing, constant surface disinfection, face mask use (mouth/nose), and social distancing.
How is COVID-19 transmitted?
A person can get COVID-19 from contact with another person who is infected with the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth that are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
Remember, whether the test is positive or negative, it is essential to continue to take preventive measures for the sake of your health, those around you, and everyone else.
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