Diagnostics and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19)
We offer a quick and convenient coronavirus test in the clinic and at home, antibody testing and patient follow-up.
At Euromed Clinic there are several options for the diagnosis of COVID-19 in the clinic or even at your home / office.
1.COVID-19 PCR test in the clinic
The result is ready within 24-48 hours, excluding the day of taking the test.
2. COVID-19 PCR test + doctor’s examination at home.
This service includes taking a PCR smear and a complete doctor’s examination, i.e. thermometry, pulse oximetry (determination of blood oxygen saturation level), auscultation of the lungs and collection of biomaterial for laboratory tests.
To book a house call dial +7 812 670 56 92.
3. Test for IgM and IgG antibodies to coronavirus in the clinic.
Qualitative serology tests provide a simple “yes” or “no” answer to whether a person was once infected with SARS-CoV-2. Quantitative serology tests, such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) and chemiluminescent immunoassays (ChLIAs), provide more detailed information, such as levels of antibodies in a patient sample. Presumably, the antibody titer correlates with the severity of the disease: the more severe the infection, the stronger the immune response.
The titer (number) of IgG antibodies builds up in the blood starting with the 2-3rd week since the moment of infection, therefore, in order to obtain a reliable test result, we recommend taking an IgG antibody test 3-5 weeks after the contact with the pathogen.
The test should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 4 hours after eating. Please, refrain from drinking alcohol the day before.
4. COVID-19 test for corporate clients.
The number of employees does not matter, we have experience of working with teams of 1 to 200 or more people.
If your employees are working remotely, we can offer you house calls.
Our doctors work in special protective clothing and are ready to go 24 hours a day.
We have English-speaking doctors, whom we can send to foreign companies for taking tests and performing examinations.
To clarify the conditions of coronavirus testing for companies, please, dial +7 812 327 03 01 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do our doctors prepare themselves for a coronavirus test?
To take a PCR test for COVID-19 in the clinic:
1. Schedule an appointment at a convenient time for you and pay for the service online.
2. Go through the main entrance to the first floor of the clinic, where a specialist will meet you and escort you to the laboratory for testing.
For at least an hour before the test refrain from eating, brushing your teeth, drinking, chewing gum, smoking, using drops/sprays, or rinsing your nose / mouth / throat.
For your safety, all our employees observe special measures of precaution and wear personal protective clothing, also we regularly disinfect all rooms.
The result is ready within 24-48 hours, excluding the day of taking the test, we will send it to your email automatically. If your test is positive, we can offer you a house call by a GP for consultation, examination, treatment prescription and further follow up.
5. Test for IgG antibodies to COVID-19 spike (S) protein (quantitative method) after vaccination with Sputnik-V
A quantitative test for IgG antibodies to COVID-19 is carried out to determine the strength and duration of immunity to SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after Sputnik V vaccination.
It is recommended to take the test not earlier than 21 days after the injection of the second component of Sputnik V vaccine.
The result will be available within 24–48 hours counting from the day following the sampling date.
Tests are carried out through ELISA method and only venous blood is taken for it.
You can schedule an appointment and pay for the test online.
FAQ on COVID-19.
1. Which coronavirus treatment is better at home or in the hospital?
For the treatment of confirmed coronavirus infection you may be admitted to an infectious diseases hospital or a clinic specialized in the treatment of COVID-19. If symptoms of the disease are mild and there are no risk factors, patients receive treatment at home under the doctor’s supervision.
When seeing a patient with suspected COVID-19, the doctor performs a thorough examination, which includes thermometry, pulse oximetry (determination of the oxygen saturation level in the blood), auscultation of the lungs (listening to the lungs for clean breathing, wheezing, etc.), taking the necessary laboratory tests and treatment prescription.
Our doctors always wear specialized clothing that protects both the patient and the specialist himself. We take safety seriously, which is why we disinfect all equipment and our ambulance cars several times a day.
2.What is coronavirus and why is it dangerous?
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a new type of Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that has a set of characteristics allowing it to spread quickly. About 80% of carriers of the virus either have light symptoms similar to those of a common cold or SARS, or don’t have them at all. 20% of patients extremely suffer from the disease, since the virus causes pneumonia and severe intoxication.
3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus?
Symptoms may occur in 2-14 days (average 3-5 days) after the contact with an infected person. The course of COVID-19 disease often differs a little from the symptoms of influenza or SARS. Usually one or more of the following symptoms are present:
- signs of intoxication (eg, lack of appetite, diarrhea);
- sudden temperature changes (eg, one day the temperature was above 37 ℃, the next day it is normal, then it rises again);
- dry cough;
- difficulty breathing, shortness of breath;
- muscle pain.
A symptom specific to COVID-19 is the disappearance of odor sense and, in some cases, taste. The nose can breathe normally, be blocked or “leaky”. But such problems are not present in all cases.
It is also worth remembering that COVID-19 disease can often occur with mild or no symptoms. In severe cases of COVID-19 patients develop viral pneumonia, which can pose a threat to life and require resuscitation. Distinguishing COVID-19 from SARS or influenza on your own is quite difficult.
It is better to see a specialist.
You can book a house call and get tested for COVID-19 by dialing +7 812 327 03 01. We work 24/7.
4. Who is at risk of having a severe COVID-19?
A new type of coronavirus entered the human population only a year ago and has not yet been sufficiently studied. Nevertheless, scientists and doctors have identified risk groups – elderly over 60 and people having concomitant diseases, which often affect the course of the COVID-19 disease.
More on risk factors:
People over 60 are more likely to experience a severe illness. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the strength of the immune response is low at this age, it works worse and the body does not have time to develop antibodies. In addition, people over 60 often have concomitant health problems, which become the cause of death, because the coronavirus attacks not only the respiratory system, but also other vital body systems.
Overweight people are much more likely to experience severe COVID-19. Perhaps the fact is that overweight people have worse pulmonary ventilation dynamics, and fibrin (a protein that is the structural basis of a thrombus) accumulates in the circulatory system.
According to some studies mortality from COVID-19 is more than 5% among people with blood pressure above 140/90. It is also noted that among patients, who have experienced acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), due to which people with COVID-19 need to have artificial ventilation, there are 27% of hypertensive patients. Also patients belonging to this group and having severe symptoms are 10 years younger.
4. Diseases of the respiratory system: asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
The symptoms of these diseases are aggravated by any cold or SARS, including a new coronavirus infection. Therefore, even without prominent lung damage (pneumonia), people may experience an exacerbation of the underlying chronic disease. If there is pneumonia, the situation becomes even more difficult.
5. Diabetes mellitus
High blood sugar doubles the likelihood of death in severe COVID-19. Coronavirus infection can lead to decompensated diabetes and diabetic ketoacidosis, which is a condition requiring urgent hospitalization.
At the beginning of the pandemic there was a speculation that smokers were less likely to develop severe forms of COVID-19, but this is not the case. Smoking cigarettes increases levels of ACE2 (angiotensin converting enzyme 2), which is used by the coronavirus to stay in the human body. Thus, smokers increase the risk of hospitalization and the need for further resuscitation measures.
7. Diseases of the kidneys and liver
With COVID-19, as with other severe acute respiratory viral infections, a person experiences intoxication, so a great burden falls on the liver and kidneys. If this is the weak point, the risk of complications associated with the underlying chronic disease increases.
8. Diseases of blood vessels and diseases of the blood
COVID-19 increases the risk of thrombosis by activating inflammatory factors that damage the walls of blood vessels. If the patient had a tendency to thrombosis before the disease, the risk increases significantly with coronavirus infection.
9. Oncological diseases
Not all cancer patients have a higher risk of a severe course of COVID-19, but, if a person undergoes chemotherapy or radiation therapy, his immune system is already weakened, so the new coronavirus infection can be dangerous for him.
10. Pregnant women in the first and third trimesters
To date there has not been enough data collected to analyze all risks for pregnant women and the fetus during COVID-19 disease. Of the proven risks:
- In the first trimester the likelihood of miscarriage increases due to high fever and symptoms accompanying coronavirus infection.
- In the third trimester the disease can have a more severe course since pregnant women have a decreased lung volume due to the growing fetus, which presses on the diaphragm from below.
In some cases getting sick with the new coronavirus infection can trigger preterm labor on the later pregnancy stages.
5. What measures should we take against the coronavirus to protect ourselves and our loved ones?
Avoid going to public places, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or disinfect them when you come home or to work.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with your hands if you are outdoors or in a public place.
If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with your elbow, not with the palm of your hand!
Change the disposable medical mask every 2-3 hours.
If you belong to a risk group (you are over 60 and / or you suffer from chronic diseases), consult your treating doctor on the risk factors for the course of the new coronavirus infection.
If you have any signs of SARS, limit contact with elderly, relatives and friends until you are fully recovered.
We are always ready to answer your questions, just dial +7 812 327 03 01.
Together we will defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Euromed Clinic Team
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