A study carried out by Microbiologists at St George’s Hospital, using test data from South West London Pathology (SWLP) laboratories, shows that patients with laboratory evidence of Covid-19 in the first wave of the pandemic were 94% protected against reinfection in the second wave.
|Category||Bacteriology Medical Microbiology|
|Reporting frequency||TAT - Microscopy results available same day as receipt, culture 2 – 3 days. Some specimens may have prolonged incubation in which case a result will be issued in 5-7 days.|
Appropriate specimens include a swab of the lower uterine segment of the cervix.
A WBC differential will be done on all ascitic fluid with a raised WBC > 250/ml. Swabs stored for ≤ 1 week; Pus stored for a month
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