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Diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is critical for tracking the virus, understanding epidemiology, informing case management, suppressing transmission and for containing the infection.
The virus can be detected using Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR test (Recommended by WHO), which can quickly tell if someone harbours the virus (4 to 6 hours).
2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panels: It is a real-time RT-PCR test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from the 2019-nCoV in upper and lower respiratory specimens.
Recommended samples: Nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabs, Sputum, lower respiratory tract aspirates, Bronchoalveolar lavage, and Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate or nasal aspirate
Samples must be collected and tested from individuals who meet 2019-nCoV clinical and/or epidemiological criteria, listed below: • Clinical signs and symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV infection, • Contact with a probable or confirmed 2019-nCoV case, • history of travel to geographic locations where 2019-nCoV cases were detected, or other epidemiologic links for which 2019-nCoV testing may be indicated Note: Thyrocare Technologies Laboratory, Mumbai, is now an approved laboratory by ICMR, Department of Health Research, to conduct COVID-19 Diagnosis.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.
Follow the below listed instructions, to contain the infection: • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand sanitizers • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing • Say Namaste to avoid hand contact • Avoid touching your face • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow or in tissue paper; discard the used tissue paper in a dustbin with a lid • Stay home if you feel unwell • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people