What is Causing the Coronavirus Test Kit Shortage?

What is Causing the Coronavirus Test Kit Shortage?

With Coronavirus infection numbers on the rise, laboratories, doctor’s offices, and hospitals around the globe are gearing up to provide Coronavirus testing. There’s just one problem, however. There is a major shortage of supplies needed to provide these very necessary tests.

Healthcare professionals report that they do not have an adequate number of testing swabs, pipettes, and various other materials needed to properly and safely conduct Coronavirus testing, especially not at the numbers expected. 

The danger in this is that, if people can’t get tested, they may not realize that they have Coronavirus, which could potentially lead to them infecting other people and causing the pandemic to continue.  

What is Causing the Coronavirus Test Kit Shortage?

Many things are to blame for the shortage of testing materials. Mostly, though, it all comes down to supply and demand. At this point, the need for test kits and materials involved in testing is so high that leading manufacturers of these materials cannot keep up. 

Many people also cite the fact that, at first, people did not take the virus seriously, including some healthcare facilities. For this reason, most people didn’t think to stock up on or buy more of the testing supplies they might need. 

Furthermore, formal tests were only recently developed, which means some healthcare providers, even those taking the outbreak seriously, weren’t even aware of what, exactly, they’d need to perform the test, making stocking up virtually impossible.

There is a Solution

If you or someone you care about needs a Coronavirus test, don’t panic because of the shortage.  

You will soon be able to buy a Covid-19 test kit from myLab Box. These test kits can be purchased by both individuals and healthcare professionals. 

The tests come with everything required, as well as clear instructions on how to test yourself and your family members. Those who have few or no options for local testing due to the shortage can choose to order their test kits online for fast answers.

Who Should Test?

Now that you know you have options and that you aren’t “stuck” like so many others, you may be wondering whether or not you should test for Coronavirus

If you are at an increased risk for the virus and/or are showing symptoms, testing would be wise.

Symptoms to watch out for include running a high fever, difficulty breathing, and a dry cough. Any of these symptoms, especially if they come after having been exposed to others who have COVID-19 or having traveled to a high-risk area, warrant testing. 

Testing is especially important if you are 65 or older, have a compromised immune system, or have serious health problems that could be affected by COVID-19.

What is Causing the Coronavirus Test Kit Shortage?

What Should You Do if the Test is Positive?

Finding out that you have been infected with Coronavirus can cause very mixed feelings. You might be relieved to finally know the truth, but also scared about what will happen.

If you do get a positive test result, try to stay calm and take care of yourself. Self-quarantine and avoid going out as much as possible. 

You should only leave your home to seek needed medical care if you present severe symptoms. If you live with other people or animals, keep as much distance as possible between you at all times and avoid sharing food, drinks, or eating utensils or glasses. You should also wear a facemask to avoid spreading the virus to others.

Remember, when you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and promptly throw it away. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly clean and disinfect any surfaces that get touched often. 

Be sure to carefully monitor your symptoms and report any changes in symptoms to your healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Of course, the only way to know if you need to take these extreme precautions is to know if you have Coronavirus. And, the only way to know that is through proper testing. If you are concerned about your symptoms, we urge you to order a test kit today. The sooner you know, the sooner you can take the proper action.

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.