When it comes to COVID-19 testing, it is important to be calm, patient and fully informed before starting. While any test will come with full instructions, taking the time to understand the process, and validating the steps can be helpful to build a full picture of the process and remove some of the anxiety that may accompany the process.
So, what exactly does COVID-19 testing involve and what steps do I have to follow?
What does a COVID-19 Test involve?
While kits may vary from provider to provider, you will be asked to swab the inside of your throat and nose, safely seal the swab in a provided container, and return the test to the address given to you by your test provider. More about the COVID-19 testing below and about here, about the Coronavirus vaccine.
Before taking the test, it’s important to fully blow your nose into a tissue for at least 20 seconds and immediately wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water. When you are ready to start, set the kit on a flat surface nearby and you are ready to start.
After reading your instructions in full, it’s time to start. This will involve carefully opening the packaging of your swab and – following the guidance you have been given by your provider, apply the swab to your tonsils and pass the swab over the area. Once that is complete, apply the swab to the inside of the nose – stopping when you meet resistance and swab the area thoroughly.
Once complete, securely seal the swab in the provided container and seal tightly. After this process is complete, fully wash your hands again and prepare your sample as per the instructions provided by the kit.
If you are still not confident about the process, the NHS has full guidance available online that can help demystify the process.
How do I get one and what else should I do?
If you are keen to secure a Covid 19 test, the best advice to follow is to check with official government guidance. For the UK, these are delivered free through the NHS and contacting them directly or through your doctor if you are concerned about your health or inadvertently infecting others.
In addition to seeking out a test, it is important to take time and care when it comes to the rest of the population. If it is available in your region, download a government sponsored track and trace app and ensure that you adhere to any restrictions placed upon you. Also ensure that you regularly clean and sanitise your hands, keep unnecessary public trips to a minimum, and potentially pick up a portable blood oxygen sensor to help make sure that you potentially catch your infection before it potentially becomes an issue.
Always remember to check for updated guidance and advice from your local healthcare provider and don’t forget we’re all in this together. A little caution and care can help prevent significant discomfort and potentially save someone’s life.
We should always keep in mind that although there are so many coronavirus vaccine trials going on in the world, no Coronavirus vaccine has been successfully developed. In this case, all the consumers should be well aware while using any product claiming of preventing or treating COVID-19. If you feel any symptoms matching that of COVID-19 symptoms, you should go with COVID-19 testing.
We must inform you that to date, there is not even a single product approved by FDA that can be used to prevent COVID-19. All we can do at present is to stay safe from this virus. It is better not to use unapproved products that claim either curing or preventing COVID-19. To assure, COVID-19 testing is a recommended step.