All About Coronavirus Symptoms – Who and How Should be Tested?

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Began as a handful of a mysterious illness in Wuhan (China) coronavirus has already affected 382, 010 people in 195 countries across the world. It has turned as a pandemic fear, where the entire globe is on red alert.

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, countries have imposed travel bans, lockdown cities, put curfew, and asked people to work from home and stay at home.

Therefore, the best way to prevent this deadly virus is to avoid being exposed to it. India is in the second stage that’s why we still have the chance to break this chain.

So, here we have all about novel coronavirus that you should know to combat this lethal disease.

What is COVID- 19?

In COVID- “CO” stands for corona, “VI” stands for the virus, and “D” stands for disease, and because it came into existence in 2019 that’s why it is COVID- 19. It is also known as novel coronavirus because it is a new sort of disease. It is an infectious bug that transmits from human to human and human to animals.

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What are the Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus?

According to the WHO, the symptoms may appear in 5 to 14 days after exposure. Below are the common emergency warning signs for COVID-19, need immediate medical attention.

  • Trouble in breathing
  • Pressure in the Chest
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Running nose
  • Pneumonia

Who Should be tested?

Medical expert says that every citizen in India does not need to take the test for COVID-19. However, decisions about testing are the discretion of the local health department. People fall in the below category should take the test:

  • Individuals who have travel history in recent days
  • Family members of such individuals
  • People those who experienced above-mentioned symptoms
  • Clinicians and healthcare professionals those who work closely to treat infected people

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How to Get Tested?

If, you or any of your family members, friends, have the symptoms of coronavirus, can go for a test to the authorized laboratories, in the respective cities.

The central government allowed all private laboratories that have NABL accreditation for real-time PCR SA for RNA virus to conduct a test for novel corona.

The National Task Force instructed that the cost of the test should not exceed Rs.4500. It is segregated as Rs.1500 for the screening test and Rs.3000 for a confirmation test. 

Below are the tests that can check if the person is corona positive:

Swab Test- It is the test in which a lab technician takes a special cotton swab and sample from the inside of your throat or nose.

Blood Test- Blood samples will be tested for the virus. It can either be done through a blanket test for all variants of the coronavirus or through a specialized gene sequencing test that locates the marker for the novel coronavirus.

Tracheal Aspirate- In this kind of test, a bronchoscope (a thin, lighted tube) goes into your lungs, collected a sample.

Sputum Test- It is a test in which sputum, a variation of mucus from your lungs that can be coughed out or sampled from the nose with a swab is used.

Nasal Aspirate- Under this test, a saline solution injects into your nose, and then, removes the sample with gentle suction.

Suggestion

Like SARS and MERS, COVID-19 is a pandemic; however, you do not need to get panic. You should continue to practice basic hygiene, wash your hands frequently, sanitize your hands and things, maintain social distancing and avoid traveling. Additionally, the right health insurance plan also helps you to stay protected and financially secure in this debilitating situation. Religare Health Insurance offers comprehensive health insurance plans that give wide coverage to you and your family against corona.