Lagos State Accredited and NCDC recognized lab for RT-PCR testing for COVID-19
WHAT IS CORONA VIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)?
SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that was identified in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019 and causes the disease known as Covid-19. It has now spread to all continents and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on the 11th March 2020. There is currently person to person spread of the virus The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source but is now spreading from person to person through respiratory droplets when a person coughs and sneezes. It may also be possible to get infected by touching a surface or an object that has virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not the main way that the virus spreads.
HOW IS THE VIRUS SPREAD?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source but is now spreading from person to person through respiratory droplets when a person coughs and sneezes. It may also be possible to get infected by touching a surface or an object that has virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not the main way that the virus spreads.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 may have no symptoms, mild symptoms or severe symptoms. Symptoms typically develop from 5 days up to 14 days after becoming infected with the virus. For symptomatic infections, a fever, cough and a flu-like illness are most common. The elderly and those with chronic medical conditions, such as chronic heart or lung disease, males and those who are overweight are most at risk of severe infections requiring hospital care.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM COVID-19?
The following simple measures will help protect you and your family from infection:
IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC TREATMENT
There is no specific antiviral treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. Treatment is supportive to relieve symptoms. Severe infections will require admission to hospital.
WHEN SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT A POSSIBLE CORONAVIRUS INFECTION?
A “Person under Investigation (PUI)” defines a person who ay be infected and should be tested. The PUI was updated on 2 April 2020 and now includes any symptomatic patient regardless of travel history or history of close contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 patient.
Current PUI: Persons with acute respiratory illness with sudden onset of at least one of the following: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever [≥ 38°C (measured) or history of fever (subjective) irrespective of admission status.
HOW DO I GET TESTED FOR COVID-19?
VCare Diagnostics is performing laboratory testing for COVID-19 by means of a highly accurate test that detects the virus’s genetic material (a PCR test). If your doctor suspects that you are infected, you would be referred to us for testing.
DO I NEED TO HAVE VISITED MY DOCTOR TO GET A COVID-19 TEST?
Ideally yes, it is preferable to see you Doctor first if you are unwell to determine what is wrong with you and to see if you should be tested for COVID-19.
However, visiting your Doctor’s room may put you, you Doctor and others at risk of spreading the infection. Should you not see your Doctor in person then you need to telephonically consult with your Doctor and inform him/her of your symptoms and that you are going to Vcare for a COVID-19 test.
You will need to supply your Doctor’s name and contact details on the request form so that we can contact your Doctor should you test positive.
WHERE DO I GO FOR A COVID-19 TEST?
Visit our special sample collection centre at 100, Adetokunbo Ademola, Victoria Island, Lagos. Call 09070060622, 09070060623
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE COVID-19 TEST?
Our RT-PCR test for SARS-COV2 (COVID-19 Virus) is N 50,400 only
HOW LONG WILL THE TEST TAKE?
The COVID-19 test is a PCR test and will take about 6 hours to get your result ready.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?
If you test positive for coronavirus, you will be contacted by by us and we would discuss your result and assist you with the next steps. You will also be contacted by the Lagos state ministry of health. They will ensure that you know what to do to limit spreading the infection to others and trace those who have had close contact with you.
If you are infected and have a mild or moderate infection, you must stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days since the start of your symptoms.
If you have a severe respiratory illness with shortness of breath you need to see your Doctor immediately.
COVID-19 CASE DEFINITION (29th May, 2020 ECDC)
Any person with at least one of the following symptoms :
- shortness of breath
- sudden onset of anosmia, ageusia or dysgeusia
Diagnostic imaging criteria
Radiological evidence showing lesions compatible with COVID-19
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in a clinical specimen 
At least one of the following two epidemiological links:
- close contact  with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the 14 days prior to onset of symptoms
- having been a resident or a staff member, in the 14 days prior to onset of symptoms, in a residential institution for vulnerable people where ongoing COVID-19 transmission has been confirmed
Any person meeting the clinical criteria
Any person meeting the clinical criteria with an epidemiological link
Any person meeting the diagnostic criteria
Any person meeting the laboratory criteria