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  • Fax: 205-201-4797

  • Email: info@devlabwerks.com

  • Office Address: 234 Aquarius Drive, Suite 100, 111, Homewood, AL 35209

What constitutes a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a genus of breathable viruses. Different coronaviruses like the common cold are usually mild. Rare coronaviruses (e.g., extreme acute respiratory coronavirus syndrome [SARS], Middle East respiratory coronavirus syndrome [MERS], and the latest novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hu) can cause serious illness. COVID-19 (previously referred to as "2019-nCoV") is believed to have originated with animal-to-human transmission on a market in China.

Subsequent spread of the infection, similar to other respiratory viruses, was person-to-person via the respiratory route of transmission. Identification of COVID-19 patients can help distinguish cases and avoid further spread from person to person in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specimen Collection

Proper selection of a sample specimen is the most critical step in recovering the pathogenic species that are responsible for infectious disease. A poorly collected specimen can result in failure to isolate the causative organism(s) and/or regenerate contaminating species

Prerequisites for Specimen Collection
  • Psychiatry and Collect the sample from the specific infection site, avoiding contamination from nearby tissues or secretions.

  • Collect the specimen at appropriate times (for AFB culture, for example, early morning sputum).

  • A sufficient amount of material is stored. Use correct storage devices: sterile specimen containers which are leak-proof. Using correct transport media (anaerobic transport vials, bacterial culture e-Swabs, stool culture Cary-Blair, viral and chlamydia cultures VTM, and urine boric acid transport for bacterial urine cultures).

  • Gather tests, whenever possible, until administration of antimicrobial agents.

  • Etiquette the specimen properly and fill in the test request form. Specimen specific source is needed.

  • Minimize travel time. Maintain a satisfactory atmosphere between specimen collection and delivery to laboratory.

  • Decontaminate the surface of the skin where possible. Prepare the site, using 70-95 percent alcohol (ALC) and 2 percent chlorhexidine or 1-2 percent iodine tincture (TIO). Enable the full antiseptic effect with a contact time of two minutes.

  • Ensure the proper transport is used for the orders with more than one test. For example, requests for anaerobic culture must be submitted in anaerobic transportation media;

What does the effects of a negative COVID-19 test mean?

A negative result from a COVID-19 assay would mean that there was no SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the specimen above the detection mark. A negative result, however, does not rule out the likelihood of COVID-19, and should not be seen as the sole basis for diagnosis or patient care. Consideration should be given to the possibility of a false-negative outcome if recent experiences or clinical history of the patient indicate that COVID-19 is probable. Retesting should be viewed in accordance with the advice of public health authorities, based on clinical judgment.

Before making an appointment or visiting Devansh Lab Werks please check the following.

Over the last 14 days, I have traveled to places where COVID-19 is common. I have had near contact with a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 patient or those under quarantine for suspected COVID-19 infection.

How to protect yourself from Covid-19?

  • Clean your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

  • This is especially relevant after you've coughed, sneezed, blowed your nose or visited a public room.

  • If soap is not readily available, using hand sanitizer with alcohol content of at least 60 per cent.

  • Stop scratching your face with unwashed hands-eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid personal interaction with others.

  • Follow public health recommendations on school openings, avoiding crowds and other steps to separate people from society.

Who is at greater risk from COVID-19 for serious illness?

  • People 65 years of age.

  • Older People live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

  • People of any age with the following underlying medical conditions, particularly those not well managed by chronic lung disease or asthma.

  • Congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease.

  • Diabetes

  • Neurological disorders that impair the ability to cough

  • Impaired body's Chemotherapy or cancer radiation (currently or in the past)

What are the steps to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading when you are ill ?

  • Stay home except for medical treatment

  • Separate yourself from other people in your building, this is known as home isolation

  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.

  • Use a face mask if you are sick

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Wash your hands regularly

  • Avoid exchanging personal household products

  • Wash all "high-touch" surfaces daily

  • Track your symptoms

  • You should limit contact with pets and other animals