When Should You Get A COVID-19 Test?

COVID-19 Test

How do you respond to a serious medical condition? How do you handle a family member being sick? How do you respond to a serious medical emergency? How do you react when something bad happens to someone in your family or to someone you love dearly? The American Psychiatric Association conducted a survey about the fear of coronavirus.

Routine screening may be a means to reassure yourself that you are following the rules, and it may even be OK to transgress them in some situations. However, the United States is currently suffering a wave of pandemics, with testing supplies in limited supply. Is routine testing overburdening the medical system, given all of the above? 

You might be thinking if you should get tested for COVID-19 at this point. A Covid PCR test which is a nasal swab test, and an antibody test are both available for the virus. These tests can determine whether or not you have been infected with the virus. Because COVID-19 is so new, early testing isn’t particularly useful, but it will become more useful with time. 

  • Who Should Get Tested For COVID-19:

People who have had contact with a patient at a hospital or clinic may still be at risk for catching the virus. Those who have had only mild contact should continue to avoid direct contact with patients in hospitals and clinics.

Flu usually has a 5- to7 day incubation period. Early flu testing can both give you a false-negative result and cause you to test positive for the virus. A positive PCR test indicates that the virus has been discovered in your blood and that additional testing is necessary.

Some people who test positive for the virus don’t show symptoms. Those who have no symptoms after a few days are referred to as PCR Negative. A PCR can remain positive for several weeks after active infection.

  • Does An Antibody Test Have A Right Time?

-Antibodies to the virus usually take a week or two for the body to develop. If symptoms have been present for fewer than 8 days, the antibody test isn’t the best option for a diagnosis. The antibody test isn’t indicated for people who have symptoms during the first eight days.

-At-risk people, especially those who have come into touch with infected patients or animal markets, should get tested for the novel coronavirus.

-There is, however, a potential of false-negative results and a scarcity of testing facilities. Rapid assays to detect the novel coronavirus have been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • What Are The Signs To Do Both Tests?

-Government officials advise that people be tested for both antibodies and viruses. 

-When you have symptoms between 9 and 14 days after being exposed to the virus, this is helpful.

-If you are exposed to someone who has the virus, antibody testing may be helpful. It could be able to tell if you’ve ever been infected with the virus.

-Although the antibodies are there to protect against the virus, it is possible to have a false positive. 

-There is also a possibility that you were exposed to the virus before and the antibodies only look like they are protecting you from now on. 

  • When Is The Right Time To Do A Re-Test??

An asymptomatic, non-exposed healthcare professional should have a second negative PCR test within 24 hours of a positive PCR test. This will reassure them and demonstrate that they have no reason to be concerned about their health.

Healthcare workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 should stay at home until they are symptom-free, according to the CDC.

The Bottom Line…

“Responding” to viruses is not a one-time effort. It’s something we must be doing every day, 24/7, for the rest of our lives. Take precautions, get vaccinated, stay indoors & be safe!

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