What is COVID-19 and COVID-19 diagnosis
A novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2. The disease was first identified in Wuhan City, China and was caused by a virus named coronavirus. It was named COVID-10 in December 2019; where “CO” stands for corona, “VI” is for virus and the full form of “D” is disease, 19 is for the year, i.e., 2019. COVID-19 belongs to the same family of virus SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). WHO – Word Health Organization described this disease as a pandemic – spreads all over the world.
COVID-19 diagnostic test diagnoses your current infection status through serology. We, at Target DX Laboratory, perform the diagnostic test that can guide the patient and doctor to make a decision about quarantine (self-isolating). The isolation may help to protect people in the surrounding.
Who can get tested
In case, someone is experiencing symptoms and think himself as a COVID-19 patient, COVID-19 diagnostic test is mandatory is such a situation. Even if you have been in contact with an infected person for the last 14 days, you should not wait to pursue testing services.
How the test works
Your doctor will collect a specimen (blood sample) through a throat swab or nasal. The experts at Target DX Laboratory will proceed with the testing of that specimen.
Where to get tested
Consult your doctor for guidance, he will also suggest you the best and reliable laboratory to get the test from for an active infection. Do not hesitate to contact Target DX Laboratory, whether you are a patient or a doctor. We assure you the accurate results.
Two types of COVID-19 diagnostic tests, active infection swab test and antibody blood test, are available in most laboratory. However, your doctor will recommend you for what test should you go with and which one is right for you.
Who needs to take the test? Where and how can I take the test?
The confirmed symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild or severe. On the other hand, some infected people don’t have symptoms and even they don’t feel sick. Some symptoms of COVID-19 infected people are as follows:
- Worsening cough; sometimes normal cough
- Fever (>100.4 F)
- Difficult breathing or shortness of breath
- Some rare symptoms include:
- Body or muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
- Stuffy or running nose
In the case you feel seriously ill, please consult immediate to a healthcare specialist or a doctor.
Here is the list that you can expect while you are tested for the COVID-19. The same applies to identify antibodies:
The healthcare professional or lab technician will collect a specimen from your nostril. A long swab will be inserted twirling in both the nostrils for 10 to 15 seconds.
The technician will then pack the sample into a container; the container is designed in a way that the virus lives until it reaches the lab for analysis. The results may take a day or two, depending on testing efficiency.
A COVID-19 positive test result shows that the patient is already suffering from COVID-19 disease. It is also important to know that most people get recovered after seven to 10 days experiencing mild symptoms. Other people can have severe symptoms. If a patient has diagnosed with COVID-19, he / she must quarantine himself / herself to avoid virus spread.
A COVID-19 negative test result shows that the patient does not have COVID-19. However, it does not guarantee that he or she would not have it in the future. It is mandatory to keep following the necessary precautions.
Does the insurance cover COVID-19 expense?
Many insurance companies in the US do not cover insurance plan for COVID-19. However, it directly depends on the insurance company with whom you already have coverage. At the same time, some insurance companies provide coverage for COVID-19. Since the coronavirus has recently emerged throughout the world, the previous insurance plans do not cater to this part of the health issue. According to our policy, before you move ahead with treatment and testing relying on insurance companies, it is better to ask insurance companies first to avoid misunderstanding.