Any individual who thinks he might have novel coronavirus symptoms (Covid-19) should consider getting tested for the infection.
If you think you have come in close contact with any of the below persons, get yourself tested immediately:
- Anyone who had Covid-19 symptoms
- Staff working in a healthcare facility
- Someone who lives or works in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes
- Someone who recently traveled
Currently, two test methods can identify the active symptoms of COVID-19:
- Antigen tests
Both tests are different in nature. RT PCR is preferred by most of the laboratories as its results are more accurate antigen tests.
The test is performed by a doctor, a nurse, or a lab technician. A swab made of a thin, flexible stick with cotton is inserted deep into your nostrils to collect a sample of your mucous. It is usually called a nasal swab.
The test is also performed orally. Saliva testing is believed to be more comfortable than nasal swabs. However, it is also considered less accurate by some experts, especially when the patient is asymptomatic.
Both methods are comfortable, safe, and secure. The process of performing the test is not painful.
If your test results show you are Covid-19 positive, you need to take the necessary precautions:
- Stay at home
- Separate yourself from others
- Cover your face with a mask
- Use hand sanitizer regularly.
If you feel any health issues while in quarantine, you should immediately contact your local health care provider.
No. The Covid-19 test doesn’t cause any side effects.