How to Get a Coronavirus Test
Coronavirus, which can evolve into COVID-19, has rocked the nation and the world. It is a serious illness that no one was prepared for, including healthcare providers. In fact, being under prepared has caused a massive shortage of testing supplies, which many experts believe may eventually prove a major problem to healthcare providers.
Thankfully, however, myLAB Box has seen the need and responded quickly, launching a COVID-19 at-home test kit that will soon be available and is currently in pre-sale status to professional healthcare providers.
The company is also planning to, eventually, release a test kit that can be provided directly to consumers, which could prove helpful for people who are not able to access professional testing due to shortages in their area. Being able to test at home could also provide many other benefits.
Testing is the Key
The Centers for Disease Control has come out and advised that early testing for Coronavirus is one of the best and most effective ways to reduce its spread and its impact.
When people are unaware that they are infected with Coronavirus, they simply go on about their daily lives, not realizing that they could be infecting others and having a major impact on the health and wellbeing of those close to them and, by extension, the rest of the world.
The only way to know for sure whether or not one is infected is through proper testing. But, if people can’t access the tests that they need, they won’t be aware of their diagnosis or of the fact that they need to take the proper measures in order to prevent its spread.
When people are tested, however, and test positive, they can be aware of their condition, seek treatment early, and greatly reduce the risk of harming others in the process.
Early Quarantine Matters
Perhaps one of the major benefits of early testing is that it allows people to quarantine themselves more quickly. When people know they have the virus, they can take precautionary measures to avoid infecting others, including those most vulnerable, the very people they are closest to. The sooner people realize they are infected, the sooner they can do that.
With effective, easily available testing, infected people will know that they’re infected faster and will be more serious about self-isolation measures. This could have a massive impact on the world at large since this will slow the spread of the virus and potentially reduce some of the negative effects of COVID-19 that have already been seen.
Who Should Be Tested?
Right now, the world is, understandably, in a state of panic over Coronavirus. However, all people who think they may have Coronavirus should be tested as soon as possible if they have an option for doing so in their area. While testing is limited at the present time, if available, it should be taken advantage of.
However, with projected test shortages, it is imperative that only those truly at risk of having contracted the virus seek testing. This includes people who:
- Exhibit known symptoms, including unexplained fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath
- Have been in close contact with a person who is known to be infected
- Have recently traveled from an area with a high infection rate of COVID-19
- Are 65 or older or have underlying health conditions and think they may have COVID-19
If tests are not available in your area, then you can undoubtedly see how and why at-home testing may be beneficial. When this option becomes available to you or if your healthcare provider is able to order an online testing kit shipment, take full advantage of this opportunity. It could potentially save your life and the lives of others.
Remember, above all else, to avoid panic and reactive measures, even if you think you or someone you love might have been infected. Instead, do your best to stay calm, learn about local options and resources, and follow the guidelines set out by the CDC.
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