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COVID Testing

Who Should Get Tested?

One should get tested for COVID-19 if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19
  • You have been exposed to someone who was COVID positive.
  • You have taken part in an activity that would put them at risk because they could not properly socially distance (large gatherings, crowded indoor settings, travel)
  • You don’t have symptoms but who are deemed a priority by local health departments or doctors
  • If you know or suspect you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should get tested.

What are the types of COVID-19 Testing?

For coronavirus, the CDC recommends a COVID-19 test called a nasopharyngeal swab. A 6-inch cotton swab is placed into each nostril and swung around for roughly 15 seconds. It won’t hurt, but it might make you feel uneasy. After that, the swab is sent to a lab, where the substance from inside your nose is tested.

What are the general symptoms of the COVID-19 virus?

The general symptoms of the COVID-19 Virus are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How does real-time RT–PCR work with the COVID-19 virus?

A sample is taken from the body parts where the COVID-19 virus congregates, such as the nose or throat. Several chemical solutions are used to eliminate components such as proteins and lipids from the sample, leaving only the RNA to be extracted. This RNA is a combination of the person’s genetic material and, if present, the virus’s RNA.

What is the incubation period for covid-19?

Although multiple studies are still ongoing, the incubation period for COVID-19, as estimated from publically confirmed cases. The average incubation period is five days.

Who can be tested?

The COVID-19 antibody test is suggested for individuals who have had symptoms for at least 5 days or who have been infected with the virus for at least 7-10 days.