Test for Coronavirus

Coronavirus is subject to test for it’s presence in suspected individuals. There is a specific test for it. The Coronavirus test is becoming more widely available as more laboratories, both public and commercial are certified. This is in accordance to the great demand of the testing procedure. It is a very important test procedure in the fight against the pandemic Coronavirus.

According to the California Department of Public Health, COVID-19 testing is now being done in commercial, private and academic labs, including Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, the University of California and Stanford, and the 22 state and county health labs currently testing. Many African nation’s such as Nigeria is taking the majority the testing cost to the government.

UC Davis Health has greatly expanded testing capabilities on-site, having developed and validated our own accurate COVID-19 test. Nigerian center for disease control (NCDC) has also provided such online testing procedure. It is on a self examination based on symptoms of the disease.

Coronavirus testing example of swab in nose

Do I need to, or should I, get tested for novel coronavirus?

We term it not necessarily. The level of disease spread within the community is now at a level where public health officials are no longer trying to trace how people became infected. At this point, health agencies are now treating coronavirus like most other cases of the flu or a cold. As a result, it is no longer necessary for everyone who may be infected to be tested.

Based upon what was observed about the disease, and the level of spread within California and other countries we analyzed, COVID-19 is now being spread widely within the community. Much like colds and the flu, not everyone who gets the infection needs to be tested. Many people will have infections which can be managed at home, without professional medical attention. This management is essential control Coronavirus.

Who should get tested for novel coronavirus?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says not everyone needs to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19):

“If you are in close contact with someone having COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.”

Tests will primarily be for hospitalized or severely ill patients. Older people (over 60) and individuals with underlying medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cancer — conditions that put them at much higher risk from COVID-19 — will also be a priority for testing. The availability of more tests may make testing available for a wider range of patients in the future.

As with the common cold or the flu, testing of people who are infected is often not necessary because there is no direct treatment outside of over-the-counter medications to manage symptoms. So not everyone needs to be tested.

How is testing for coronavirus done?

Testing for COVID-19 involves inserting a 6-inch long swab (like a long Q-tip) into the cavity between the nose and mouth (nasopharyngeal swab) for 15 seconds and rotating the swab several times. The swabbing is then repeated on the other side of the nose to make sure enough material is collected. The swab is then inserted into a container and sent to a lab for testing. The picture that discribes it is at the top of the page.

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