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11 March 2020

Unilabs and the fight against COVID-19

At Unilabs, quality of service, safety and medical excellence are our priorities.

Since the outbreak of the first cases of COVID-19, we have reinforced the procedures of protection

As a result of measures taken by governments all around the world, the work of our teams is being reorganised. Some of our teams are also mobilised to carry out medical analyses in the homes of the most fragile patients.

Our services are therefore reorganised and some of our centers are exceptionally closed. Others remain open to ensure the continuity of patients’ care in complete safety.

For further information, please contact your nearest Unilabs laboratory.

The keys to understanding the disease

With the spread of COVID-19 around the world, science is at the forefront. Our teams welcome patients in the safest possible conditions in order to guarantee them permanent access to care.

There are simple steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:

- Wash your hands very regularly

- Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or into a handkerchief

- Greeting without shaking hands, avoiding hugs.

- Use disposable tissues and dispose of them.

- Avoid contact with contaminated persons

What is this disease?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which cause illnesses ranging from a simple cold (some seasonal viruses are Coronaviruses) to more severe illnesses such as MERS-COV or SARS.

The virus identified in January 2020 in China is a new Coronavirus. The disease caused by this Coronavirus has been named after COVID-19 by the World Health Organization - WHO.

If I am affected, what are the symptoms?

Fever or a feeling of fever and signs of breathing difficulties such as coughing or shortness of breath.

Is there a vaccine available?

There is no vaccine against COVID-19 Coronavirus at this time. Several treatments are being evaluated. In the meantime, treatment is symptomatic.

Attention hygiene required

The disease is transmitted by sputtering (sneezing, coughing). It is therefore considered that close contact with a sick person is necessary to transmit the disease: same place of residence, direct contact within one meter when coughing, sneezing or talking in the absence of protective measures. One of the preferred vectors of virus transmission is contact with unwashed hands.

How do you know if you are at risk?

As with many infectious diseases, patients with chronic diseases (hypertension, diabetes), the elderly (over 70 years old), immunocompromised or frail people are at higher risk.

In more severe cases, the disease can lead to death.


What is the incubation period of the disease?

The incubation period is usually 3 to 5 days, but can extend up to 14 days. During this period the patient can be contagious.

Where are the tests done and how long does it take to make a diagnosis?

Diagnostic tests for Coronavirus COVID-19 are performed in all reference health care facilities.

For more information on the disease:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

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