SARS-CoV-2 also known as COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus, is a highly contagious virus that has spread throughout the world. In response, the Center for Disease Control in America and the World Health Organization have provided patients, businesses, and medical professionals with vital information on the virus.
How Do I Avoid Getting Sick?
The WHO and CDC have published a variety of guides on avoiding the virus. Currently there is not an FDA approved vaccine or treatment for SARS-CoV-2. Individuals should take daily precautions to avoid catching and spreading the virus. Because the virus is spread through contact, limiting contact is the most effective preventative measure. Individuals should do the following:
- Limit time In public spaces
- Practice social distancing when in public
- Wear a mask or face covering when in public
- Regularly wash their hands before and after going out
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the CDC, COVID-19 presents a variety of symptoms and can also be carried asymptomatically (without symptoms). Symptoms vary in severity, but the most common symptoms include:
- High fever
- Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
Another reason COVID-19 is dangerous, is that symptoms can take 1-2 weeks to arrive. During this time, a person is still contagious and potentially spreading the disease.
This question has different answers based on a few factors. If you are experiencing a life threatening situation you should immediately call emergency services and go to a hospital for treatment. However, if you believe you have COVID-19 but your symptoms are manageable, you should call ahead to a health provider that can test you. If you do have COVID-19 you should self-quarantine until you are no longer contagious.
According to the CDC there are a few factors to consider before you end self-isolation. After one week from when you first began feeling sick, the fever has been gone for 3 or more days, and all other symptoms have improved, there is a high probability you are no longer contagious.
There are a few groups of people who are at high risk for complications associated with COVID-19. These groups include:
- Immunocompromised: individuals with immunodeficiency diseases including HIV
- Older Men & Women; 65 years and older
- Pre-Existing Respiratory Issues: individuals with respiratory ailments including asthma
- Groups at risk for severe illness: including individuals with diabetes, heart conditions, liver disease, or chronic kidney disease or individuals undergoing dialysis
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you should also get tested. Tests should be conducted only by licensed medical professionals. Contact hospitals, urgent care clinics, and medical facilities in your area before you go. You should always call ahead so the facility can prepare for your arrival and to ensure that testing kits are available.
Aside from COVID-19 PCR testing (Polymerase Chain Reaction), there are also antibody tests. These tests provide data on whether an individual possesses antibodies for SARS-CoV-2. If a person tests positive it is likely that they have contracted COVID-19 at some point in the recent past. Currently, this test does not provide the following information: if a patient is immune, if a patient is currently carrying the virus, or if the patient could potentially become re-infected. Currently there is not enough information on COVID-19 to know what levels of antibodies would correlate to immunity, or if other strains of the virus could cause re-infection. Antibody tests can indicate potential donors of blood plasma that can provide their antibodies to existing COVID-19 patients.
Order COVID-19 Tests from TruGenX
TruGenX provides COVID-19 test kits for medical professionals nationwide. If you are a patient looking to get tested, make sure to call ahead to your local hospital, urgent care clinic, or licensed physician. If you are a licensed medical practitioner and need more testing kits, please contact TruGenX.