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This is a laboratory test that can identify the virus that causes COVID-19. This test is intended for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2. It makes use of Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panels.

Test method - Real-Time PCR

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    If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to people who have symptoms or have tested positive, you may want to get tested.

    • This test detects the presence of the actual virus’s genetic material.
    • You will know if you are COVID positive so you can take timely action to self-isolate and get the right treatment.
    • It is the most reliable and accurate test for detecting active infection in the body.
    • Getting tested for COVID-19 is compulsory if you are travelling to certain states. Each state has different rules and requirements for the RT-PCR test. Be informed about these rules and travel accordingly.
    • This test has become crucial to keep yourself and others around you safe as there has been an increase in the number of active cases in India.
    • It is the most reliable and accurate test for detecting active infection in the body.
    • It is the most reliable and accurate test for detecting active infection in the body.

Anyone who has come in close contact with a COVID-infected person or has shown early symptoms of COVID-19 can take the COVID RT-PCR test.

  • Testing Method: Real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), gene detection method is used for COVID test.
  • Specimen collection: Nasal swab and Throat Swab
  • Advantages: High accuracy (97%)
  • Disadvantage: Requires strictly controlled facilities, such as Biosafety level 3 or higher laboratory
  • Purpose: Confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Characteristics: This method is currently used to confirm COVID-19 diagnosis in most countries.

Nasal Swab Testing: The person conducting the test will insert a long stick with a very soft brush on the end — kind of like a pipe cleaner — up your nose and twirl it around for a few seconds. The soft bristles will collect a sample of secretions there for analysis. The swab has to go pretty far back, because cells and fluids must be collected from along the entire passageway that connects the base of the nose to the back of the throat to get a really good specimen.
Throat Swab Testing: Test is conducted by taking Saliva of the person.

It can take anything from a few hours to several days to receive COVID-19 test results. The length of time will vary depending on the type of test and where it took place. However, usually reports delivered within 48* hours.

It is advised to visit your referring doctor or medical practitioner along with the report for the final interpretation of your test results.

The cost of this test is varying from one state to another. Please visit and choose your city search for COVID RT-PCR test to find cost in your city.

Generally, air travel requires RT-PCR tests. But lately for domestic air travel, select cities require RT-PCR while others allow entry-exit on antigen/antibody tests.
For Railways, no tests are a prerequisite for travelling.

  • Eat fresh and unprocessed foods every day
  • Drink enough water every day
  • Eat moderate amounts of fat and oil
  • Eat less salt and sugar
  • Avoid eating out

Tests are subjective for the conditions of the patient. However, as of now tests like CPR, D-dimer, COVID-19 Antibody Test are generally recommended. For more details check out COVID Monitoring Profiles.

Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses; while some coronaviruses affect only animals, a few others can also affect humans. It is very likely that all of us have been infected by coronavirus at some point in our life. The symptoms of a coronavirus can range from a mild cold to flu like symptoms to moderate and severe upper-respiratory infections. The SARS epidemic (severe acute respiratory syndrome) was also caused by coronavirus. Coronavirus is also known to affect the gut and hence some patients may suffer from diarrhoea.

The current situation is caused by COVID 19.

Coronavirus infections typically spike up during winter months as the virus can thrive in cold temperatures. So, people typically suffer from cold due to coronavirus in the months that are cold. The immunity is short lived and so we fall prey to cold and flu again.

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