COVID-19 Testing

Coronavirus test (COVID-19) in Athens by IASYS

Coronavirus COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) is a respiratory disease that usually appears with mild symptoms of common cold (cough, fatigue) which can develop into high fever, respiratory distress and shortness of breath.

Coronavirus Symptoms

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after a person comes in contact with the virus. It can be mild to very severe and there is a large percentage of asymptomatic patients. The main symptoms are fever, cough, exhaustion, tastelessness, luck of smell, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, runny nose, headaches, chest pain and diarrhea.

If you have any of the above symptoms you should contact your doctor or call the 24-hour operation line of  EODY and more specifically 1135 to get the appropriate instructions. If the experts think that the symptoms you are showing match those of the Coronavirus then you may need to do the appropriate test.

Which diagnostic test you should do?

  • Detection and identification of the SARS-Cov-2 virus PCR method.
  • Antigen speed, RAPID Antigen test.
  • Test that detects antibodiesspecific to the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

Molecular Test COVID-19

How is it done?

The molecular test is done by taking a nasopharyngeal smear (lasting a few seconds) and using molecular virus detection techniques. For the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 virus real time PCR is used which is undoubtedly the most valid method for the diagnosis of the new coronavirus according to the World Health Organization, given the excellent sensitivity and specificity it shows in samples of upper or lower respiratory tract.

Molecular tests show us if anyone has the virus at the time of the test but cannot tell if someone has had the disease in the past.

Molecular diagnosis test procedure for coronavirus at IASYS

Before the sampling, the patient fills in the special form with his personal data and gives his consent for the processing. Sampling is done by taking biological material with a special swab to detect the genetic material of the virus. This procedure is completely painless. In some patients it may cause a slight discomfort.

The sample is then transferred to a specially equipped laboratory to isolate and detect the genetic material of the virus. All reagents are CE-marked for diagnostic purposes.

In case of a positive sample, it is necessary to inform EODY (National Organization of Public Health). Immediately after, the authorities take over the handling of the incident. Some of the measures taken by the authorities on a case-by-case basis may be communication with the patient, tracking contacts, preventive tests of close contacts, etc.

Information and costs for the COVID-19 Molecular Test by IASYS

IASYS conducts a coronavirus molecular test (COVID-19) in collaboration with an accredited laboratory. We also provide home sampling service with all the necessary special protective equipment. The results are ready in 4 to 24 hours. If the sampling is done until 13:30 the result is ready the same day. The result bears the signatures of a Biopathologist and a Molecular Biologist, who ensure the validity of the answers.

The results are sent via email.

In case you need the COVID-19 test for traveling abroad, the test result is issued in English, including passport number, identity card and anything else required according to the instructions of the destination country. Some countries currently require a COVID-19 molecular test by PCR 48-72 hours before travel.

The cost of the exam is € 40.

Sampling in our center costs 20€

For home sampling the extra charge is € 30.

IASYS conducts group sampling and COVID-19 tests for companies and associations. Contact us for a special offer according to your needs.

RAPID Antigen test.

With the RAPID Antigen test, we collect pharyngeal or nasal sample from the patient. The results of the Rapid Antigen Test, are available within 15 minutes.

The cost of the exam is  10.

Sampling in our center costs 10€

For home sampling the extra charge is € 20.

Coronavirus antibody test by IASYS

Antibodies to the virus can be detected for patients who may already be ill. This is done with a serological method that requires a simple blood draw.

IASYS antibodies test detects IgG and IgM antibodies produced by the human body against the new coronavirus (SARS – CoV-2).

IgM antibodies are produced in the first days after the onset of symptoms and usually remain in the body for one to two months at most.

IgGs appear in the blood a little later than IgMs and usually remain in the body for much longer, months or years, which we do not yet know about the new coronavirus.

The duration of the examination requires only 2-3 minutes.

The results of the serological tests require only 20 minutes.

The results are sent via email.

IASYS diagnostic center performs all three tests.

We would like to inform you that the above sampling is performed only in Athens by our specialized staff in combination with the necessary clinical evaluation.

Special protection measures by IASYS

Laboratory protocol:

Sampling is always done by appointment with a time interval of at least 30 minutes. Before entering the laboratory for sampling for the SARs-COV-2 coronavirus molecular test, the patient must wear a surgical mask and clean his hands with antiseptic at the entrance. The sampler wears gloves and disposable protective clothing which are discarded after sampling. Sampling is always done in the special area with the door closed. Payment is recommended by POS or bank deposit.

In case of  patient with suspected SARs – COV-2, all surfaces in the sampling area, POS, door handles, front door buttons and elevator (3rd and ground floor) must be disinfected with antiseptic.

Chairs, secretariat surfaces and waiting areas are cleaned at a regular basis.

Every day the floors are cleaned with bleach and the work surfaces with antiseptic.

General disinfection of the laboratory is also carried out.

IASYS staff undergo COVID-19 SARs– COV-2 testing very regularly. If any of the staff have symptoms of SARs– COV-2 they should stay home and be sampled at home. In home sampling, staff enter the patient’s area with a mask, gloves and disposable protective clothing. Hands are cleaned with antiseptic before entering and after leaving. After leaving the disposable protective equipment is discarded.

For expression of interest and more information contact our call center 210 7220080.

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