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Medical Test Procedure of COVID-19

Updated On Jun 25, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak has had a major impact on the lives of people all around the country. 

Still spreading across India at a rapid pace, Covid-19 disease has left people with numerous concerns in their mind. 

Be it searching for symptoms of coronavirus or prevention measures such as proper use of masks, avoiding touching face and others, people want to know all to ensure their safety.

However, information about Covid-19 disease remains incomplete until the time the coronavirus test is discussed. 

So, let’s shed light on what coronavirus testing is all about and what are the types of coronavirus tests a person has to go through. 

When to go for coronavirus testing?

If you are feeling symptoms of coronavirus infection, especially if you have visited different parts of the world in the past few months, it is important to undergo coronavirus testing. Moreover, if you have recently visited someone who has traveled to one of the high-risk Covid-19 areas, you are required to test for coronavirus. Note that only specialized, certified labs can conduct coronavirus tests. 

How is coronavirus testing done? What types of coronavirus tests are there?

Before conducting the test for coronavirus, concerned health professionals will ask you to wear a mask until the time the test is complete. In case, a few more steps need to be undertaken, the healthcare professional will communicate the same to you. 

Talking about how coronavirus testing is done, note that coronavirus testing is performed in different test types, which may include: 

  • Swab test – In swab test, a special swab will be utilized to take a sample from your nose or throat. 

  • Nasal aspirate – In this test, a saline solution will be injected into your nose. Thereafter, a sample will be taken with light suction.

  • Tracheal aspirate – In the tracheal aspirate test, a thin tube with a torch (bronchoscope) will be put into your mouth to reach your lungs to collect the sample. 

  • Sputum test – First of all, learn that sputum is thick mucus, which gets accumulated in the lungs and comes out with a cough. In the case of sputum test, you will be asked to cough up sputum in a special cup. It is also a possibility that a swab will be used to take a sample from your nose. 

  • Blood test – In case of a blood test, a blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm. 

Please Note: For quick diagnosis of COVID-19, a rapid test has also been introduced. This test involves taking samples from the nose, throat, and lungs. Utilized in all CDC-approved labs, the test ensures speedy as well as accurate diagnosis.

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Are there any risks associated while testing for coronavirus?

Coronavirus tests may leave you feeling uncomfortable. 

While you may feel a gagging sensation when the swab is inserted in your nose and throat, tracheal aspirate may leave you with bleeding or infection (in some cases). Note that blood tests do not come with any risk. However, it may swell or pain in the area of needle insertion. 

The good part is that the effects of coronavirus testing are temporary and go away within a short period of time after the test. 

Take a quick look at: This Is What Happens to Your Body After Coronavirus Contraction

At Last

Getting infected from coronavirus is nothing less than a nightmare. However, it is important for you to stay positive and ensure further protection of others. 

So, make sure you are following important guidelines regarding prevention of coronavirus. 

It would be best to take precautions to prevent coronavirus infection in the first place. If interested in talking to our experts about coronavirus health insurance, call at 7551196989. 

Most importantly, don’t forget to download the Aarogya Setu Application!

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