Who ought to get examined for COVID-19?
When you suppose you will have COVID-19, keep house and make contact with your loved ones physician to get recommendation on what it’s best to do subsequent. Info on COVID-19 testing choices and availability is altering quickly. Docs are working with native and state public well being places of work to find out who must be examined and supply entry to assessments.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) has launched steerage on who must be examined:
- Individuals who have signs of COVID-19
- Individuals who have had shut contact (inside 6 toes for a complete of quarter-hour or extra) with somebody with confirmed COVID-19
- Individuals who have been requested or referred to get testing by their healthcare supplier, native/exterior icon or state well being division.
Not everybody must be examined, which is why it’s best to test with your loved ones physician. When you do get examined, it’s best to self-quarantine/isolate at house pending take a look at outcomes and observe the recommendation of your physician.
How do I get examined for COVID-19?
Testing availability could differ relying on the place you reside. Verify your native well being division to see what places close to you might be doing testing. This may increasingly embrace hospitals, clinics, docs’ places of work, pharmacies, and free-standing places. A few of these would require you to bodily go inside. Others provide drive-thru assessments and permit you to keep in your automotive to forestall the doable unfold of COVID-19. Relying on the placement, somebody could strategy your automotive to gather a pattern, or they might ask you to gather it your self. Samples for COVID-19 viral assessments are collected by way of nasal swabs.
Relying on the place you get your take a look at, chances are you’ll get your outcomes the identical day or you could have to attend a couple of days. Your outcomes might be delayed if a lot of assessments in your space are being carried out. It’s additionally necessary to keep in mind that even when you get a unfavourable take a look at, you should still must self-isolate in case you have been uncovered to COVID-19. It is because it might probably take time after publicity in your pattern to indicate a COVID-19 an infection.
What assessments can be found for COVID-19?
Two varieties of assessments for COVID-19 are presently accessible:
- Diagnostic assessments
- Antibody assessments
The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) made these assessments accessible underneath an emergency use authorization. Because of this they can be utilized throughout a public well being emergency. They haven’t been absolutely reviewed and permitted by the FDA.
Presently, we’ve got restricted info on how correct COVID-19 assessments are. It’s doable for them to indicate optimistic outcomes which can be fallacious (referred to as a false optimistic). They’ll additionally present unfavourable outcomes which can be fallacious (referred to as a false unfavourable). Even when your take a look at result’s unfavourable, it’s necessary to maintain following your loved ones physician’s suggestions to forestall the unfold of COVID-19.
What are the diagnostic assessments for COVID-19?
Two sorts of assessments can be found to diagnose a present COVID-19 an infection: a molecular take a look at and an antigen take a look at.
The molecular take a look at can also be referred to as a polymerase chain response (PCR) take a look at. It detects genetic materials of the virus that causes COVID-19 (referred to as SARS-CoV-2). This take a look at requires a fluid pattern collected by swabbing the within of your nostril or throat. It’s the most correct diagnostic take a look at for COVID-19.
The antigen take a look at requires a pattern collected by swabbing the within of your nostril. This take a look at works by detecting a singular protein on or across the virus that causes COVID-19. If sufficient of this protein is detected, the take a look at is optimistic. Because of this you will have an lively COVID-19 an infection.
Antigen assessments are sooner than molecular assessments, however they aren’t as correct. In case you have a unfavourable antigen take a look at, your physician could suggest a molecular take a look at to verify it.
What’s an antibody take a look at?
The antibody take a look at (additionally referred to as a serology take a look at) checks your blood for antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19. Your immune system makes antibodies to assist combat dangerous viruses and micro organism. They’re produced a couple of days or even weeks after you might be contaminated. Completely different antibodies are produced to combat completely different infections.
If antibodies are detected in your blood, it may imply that you simply presently have COVID-19 or that you’ve had COVID-19 not too long ago. However a optimistic antibody take a look at may imply that you simply have been contaminated with a unique coronavirus prior to now. Because of this antibody assessments will not be used to diagnose a present COVID-19 an infection.
A unfavourable antibody take a look at signifies that it’s seemingly you haven’t had COVID-19 prior to now. It may additionally imply that you’re presently contaminated with COVID-19 however haven’t began producing antibodies but.
Researchers have no idea but whether or not individuals who have been contaminated with COVID-19 have any immunity to the virus or for a way lengthy. No matter your take a look at outcomes, it’s best to proceed to take steps to guard your self and others from the coronavirus.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
At present, there is no such thing as a vaccine for COVID-19. However many corporations all over the world are working shortly to develop one. When one is prepared, the FDA must approve it earlier than it’s accessible to most of the people. That is to verify a vaccine is protected and efficient.
When a COVID-19 vaccine has been permitted, it is going to be rolled out in a phased strategy. Because of this well being care employees and individuals who have probably the most threat of getting critically ailing will get the vaccine first. As extra of the vaccine is made, most of the people will get entry to it. This course of can take a number of months to a yr. For now, it’s best to nonetheless be carrying a face masks when round different folks and washing your arms typically.