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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. On January 30, 2020, the Department of Health reported the first case of COVID-19 in the country with a 38-year-old female Chinese national. On March 7th, the first local transmission of COVID-19 was confirmed. Months since then, the country’s COVID-19 cases are nearing 400,000.

On Proactive Testing

As quarantine measures in most parts of the Philippines ease up and economic activities tentatively restart, we are seeing a spike of requests for proactive COVID-19 testing from travelers, returning OFWs, corporate offices, and more.

Sarita Shah, MD, an associate professor of global health, epidemiology and infectious diseases at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health who led a study on proactive testing in long-term care facilities said testing is the cornerstone of controlling the pandemic. Together with infection prevention and control measures, proactive testing helps find cases early especially asymptomatic ones, preventing further potential outbreaks in a vulnerable population.

Across the world, more than half of people found infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. Even then, experts believe the spread of asymptomatic cases could be more significant than estimated, since people have different thresholds before reporting symptoms. Some asymptomatic cases may never be reported at all if left undetected.

FAQ's

Have questions? Looking to book with us or learn more about our services? Check out some of our FAQs below.

Early on in the pandemic, especially when test kits were in short supply, only those that were displaying more serious symptoms were referred to get tested for COVID-19. Now with the call for mass testing and as people conduct testing as part of return-to-work or even travel protocols, anyone can reach out to BioPATH with a test request.
For urgent cases that need an immediate result, a prescription will be needed. This is so we can offer these urgent cases COVID-19 testing through Gene Xpert, a groundbreaking PCR test that guarantees results in just one day. Gene Xpert is currently reserved for urgent cases. Standard test requests will instead be offered a regular RT-PCR test which can offer results in no more than two days.
For direct handling of your test requirements, you will need to book at least 30 tests to proceed with BioPATH. For a smaller volume of tests required, you can still inquire with BioPATH, but we will be referring your case to our affiliate laboratories.
The test itself is Php 3,400 each, inclusive of VAT. Specimen collection is priced at Php 800 per person for 15-30 tests. For 31 tests and up, specimen collection will cost Php 400 per person.
For RT-PCR testing, our laboratory is equipped with fully automated Perkin Elmer Pre-NAT extraction and Thermo Fisher Quant Studio-5 real-time machines capable of doing no less than 1,000 tests per day. Results are released within 48 hours of receiving a patient’s sample swab. Meanwhile, for near-patient care testing with rapid turnaround time results, we use the GeneXpert. Results are available within 6 hours of receiving a sample. Due to the limited supply of Xpert cartridges, we provide the GeneXpert test on a priority basis and only for patients who need it most, per doctor’s request.For RT-PCR testing, our laboratory is equipped with fully automated Perkin Elmer Pre-NAT extraction and Thermo Fisher Quant Studio-5 real-time machines capable of doing no less than 1,000 tests per day. Results are released within 48 hours of receiving a patient’s sample swab. Meanwhile, for near-patient care testing with rapid turnaround time results, we use the GeneXpert. Results are available within 6 hours of receiving a sample. Due to the limited supply of Xpert cartridges, we provide the GeneXpert test on a priority basis and only for patients who need it most, per doctor’s request.
The costs for testing and specimen collection are listed separately, because we offer discounted rates for specimen collection if the test requirement is over 30 persons.
Yes. If you are a laboratory partner or hospital affiliate, we would already have a memorandum of agreement with your facility for special testing rates. If you are a corporation looking to avail more than 30 tests, we can also offer you a custom rate. Please get in touch with BioPATH for more information.
Yes we can accommodate home service, but only if the requirement is for 30 tests-up.
This is largely dependent on what the test will be used for. If testing is to be conducted for return-to-work or travel protocols, then the test can be conducted anytime. If testing is to be done to confirm cases of COVID-19, we recommend being tested 5-8 days after exposure for maximum accuracy of results.
We are currently catering to three types of customers – The first is affiliate hospitals and laboratories who have had to outsource COVID-19 testing to a trusted facility like ours due to the volume of test requests received. We also work with the private sector – organizations of all sizes who wish to test their employees for sampling, pre-employment or return-to-work purposes, and travel requirements, just to name a few. For private sector testing, we will need a requirement of at least 30 tests to proceed. We are also open to direct bookings from individuals. However, these cases will be referred to our partner laboratories for handling. In this scenario, we are unable to extend the same pricing and service level guarantee (turnaround time for test results) as what we promise for BioPATH-handled tests.

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