CoronaVirus tests today are gaining focus as countries in the world now experience the biggest surge of the pandemic.
Effective testing is vital to learn more about how the virus spreads and how prevalent it remains in a given community. Effective testing can be done by identifying those who have the virus and enabling treatment or isolation.
As more is being learned about how the virus spreads, the CDC tweaked its recommendations. Besides testing for people who have symptoms of CoronaVirus, the CDC suggests testing for asymptomatic patients. Asymptomatic patients are people who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case.
So far, there are currently two types of COVID-19 tests: diagnostic tests and IgG Antibody test.
If you are looking to check for coronavirus in an infected person then this test is the answer. A diagnostic test is carried out to test if someone is infected with the coronavirus. Health care providers carry this out by searching for pieces of the virus in a patient’s sample of saliva or mucus. The test will tell if a person is infected on the day of the test.
Currently, there the two types of diagnostic tests are the molecular tests (RT-PCR tests) which detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins from the virus.
Now let’s talk about how the diagnostic test is carried out.
• Health care providers carry out the diagnostic test by using a swap to get a sample from either inside the nose, throat, back of the cheeks, or along the gums or tongue
• A contained is now handed over to the patient to spit into.
• Results from the test can be ready that day or take a week or longer if the test went to a lab. However, results might take longer if a community does many tests at the same time.
• Results could either indicate positive or negative. A positive test means the patient is infected while a negative test means they aren’t infected. Inaccurate tests are more likely when someone is tested very early or very late in their infection.
You should get a test if:
• You have had personal contact with someone with coronavirus
• You have taken part in any activity that put you at risk
• You were asked to get testing by your healthcare provider or doctor.
In conclusion, you may think that your exposure to the coronavirus is impossible due to the measures you may be taking to keep you and yours safe but you cannot be too sure.
Have you been tested for coronavirus?
Click the link below to get our Coronavirus test kit.