At Home COVID-19 Testing Is the Solution to Save Lives
A lot of the facts around coronavirus have been unclear until recently.
As this virus has spread, research has accelerated and now a lot more is known about it. Testing solutions are being rolled out, but often aren’t getting to the people who need them.
Medical professionals need to be tested, as they are not only coming into contact with COVID-19 cases but also treating patients that are sick and weaker than normal. This is a massive issue, with some doctors publicly voicing their concerns about the lack of testing for healthcare professionals.
Anyone that has been traveling recently should also have quick and convenient access to testing. As the virus often doesn’t present symptoms for the first 14 days, without testing it is almost impossible to stop the spread.
Elderly or sick (with other conditions) need testing if they show any symptoms.
In many countries, people have been advised that masks should only be used for the sick. But, you could be sick and contagious, while having no symptoms at all.
Can you imagine how you would feel if this got transferred to friends or family? Possibly resulting in hospital bills or worse.
Panic on social media, in general, resulted in a lot of false news and fear-mongering. However, we need to do everything possible to prevent the spread!
Fortunately, there are a lot of things that you can do to help the situation and protect yourself and your family from the Coronavirus.
How to Stay Safe from COVID-19?
There are ways to help keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19. While these actions don’t necessarily stop the virus, they do reduce your chances of catching it or passing it on to others.
If you are in a high-risk group or close to someone that is, you should be even more careful, as the virus can be fatal to the elderly or people with existing serious medical conditions.
To help stop the spread, you can:
- Wash your hands as often and thoroughly as possible – soap and alcohol cleansers (above 60% alcohol) kill the virus
- Avoid touching your face as much as possible, especially if you haven’t cleaned your hands and have touched other surfaces
- Avoid crowds and busy venues
- Stay home as much as you can
- Consider wearing a mask or covering your mouth and nose, especially if you have a cough or cold-like symptoms
- Clean surfaces often, especially things like door handles and mobile phones that are touched often
- Keep supplies at home, just in case your need to self-quarantine or mostly stay home
The above approaches help to reduce the risk of you getting COVID-19 and also the chances of you spreading it to others if you have it.
However, one of the major issues being battled is that people have no idea if they have it.
It could be a friend of a friend whose family member traveled on an infected flight, and suddenly you are infected despite not having traveled or come into contact with anyone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
This is the issue! How can you know?
While knowing the symptoms can help diagnose people who have reached that stage of the virus, only by getting tested you will know for sure and getting tested means you can know before symptoms develop.
How Can I Know if I Have COVID-19?
Knowing if you have COVID-19 is a tricky issue. Most viruses are easy enough to control and treat, as they present clear symptoms in the early stages.
With COVID 19, the period where the person is infected but without symptoms is on average 5.1 days. It is reported that “researchers also estimated that only 101 in 10,000 individuals infected by the virus would develop symptoms after 14 days”.
The other issue is that often individuals that have recovered and appear healthy could be carrying the virus. This means that someone could think that they are healthy, but still transmit the virus for a long period after recovery.
If you have the following symptoms or are in the high-risk groups, it is important to get tested quickly.
Symptoms of COVID-19
- Dry cough
- Aches and pains
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Most people experience fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. You won’t necessarily get them all either, as it can be any combination of the above symptoms. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) “Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing.”
Anyone with a fever, cough and experiencing difficulty breathing should get tested and seek immediate medical attention (either by going to the ER or consulting their physician by phone).
However, with restricted tests, medical systems under strain, and high prices at most hospitals, how can you get yourself, family and friends checked out quickly and affordably?
How Can I Get Tested for COVID-19 Quickly?
Unfortunately, despite being in the early stages of the spread, hospitals and medical professionals are becoming overwhelmed. The need for testing is urgent, but doctors and nurses are struggling to cope with caring for the victims of this virus, normal medical care is strained, and additional testing is adding to the workload.
Thankfully, myLAB Box has come up with a solution to not only reduce the burden on our healthcare system but speed up the testing process. The first step is to visit the website and sign up. The myLAB Box at home COVID-19 testing kit allows people to buy it directly from the website. When you buy from the website, you get access to online medical professionals to advise about the results and how to proceed.
At home COVID-19 testing allows people to check conveniently, or as soon as they are considered ‘at risk’ (such as coming into contact with someone infected). Information is power, and in this case, at home COVID-19 tests allow people to quarantine earlier should they be infected. It truly can help to protect your family and friends from the dangerous spread of this virus.
We are working hard to make an at-home test available to consumers soon in compliance with the new regulation requirements. Please sign up here and we’ll update you as soon as it is live.