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Respiratory Viral Screen

Viruses are minute infectious agents that multiply inside living cells. They are so small that most can only be seen with an electron microscope. Their sole activity is to invade cells of living organisms which they take over to make copies of themselves. All viruses have the same basic structure but their shape or size may vary. Unlike bacteria viruses cannot be grown in culture and antibiotics are not an effective treatment against them. There are some anti-viral drugs now available that work by either preventing viruses from entering a cell or by altering their ability to replicate.

Viruses can cause disease in a variety of ways:

  • They may destroy or disrupt the activity of the cells they invade - seriously so if vital organs are affected
  • The response of the body's immune (defence) system may lead to symptoms - fever and fatigue
  • Interaction with the chromosomes of the host cell - i.e. viruses can cause cancer
  • They may cause disease by weakening the body's immune (defence) system allowing other illnesses to develop - as in AIDS.

The body's defence to virus invasion is fairly rapid but a virus is able to hide from the immune system allowing the infection to recur or become chronic.

We will send you your Respiratory Viral Screen blood and test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Your Respiratory Viral Screen test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Your blood and sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Respiratory Viral Screen test results in your own personal dashboard.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood and test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Respiratory Viral Screen test results can be downloaded for your doctor. Want a hard-copy report? You will be given the opportunity to order one during the checkout process.