How to take a test for coronavirus

01.04.2020 Medicine
How to take a test for coronavirus

Do I need a coronavirus test

Epidemiologists consider a similar test a psychotherapeutic measure for complacency, nothing more. Check all in a row in any age group is meaningless. Experts note that then it is necessary to test daily, because at the time of delivery of the biomaterial, a person may not have a coronavirus, but leaving the medical center he may become infected with it.

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Row experts agree that conducting this test will not interfere with those who have recently returned from a country with an unfavorable epidemic situation or who have been in contact with people who came from such places. The test allows you to detect the virus in the body before the manifestation of severe symptoms.

The analysis will not be able to show whether a person has had a coronavirus before. He reveals only carriage. It turns out that in order to “catch” the virus before symptoms, this test must be carried out every two weeks, and preferably more often. Earlier detection will allow a person to quarantine earlier, which will reduce the number of “victims” - people whom he can infect. Doctors will have more time to choose an effective therapeutic tactic to avoid serious complications.

Where to take the test

Currently, the analysis for coronavirus in privately held only in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. In the near future other cities will be connected to them. A list of points with addresses can be found on the official portal of Rospotrebnadzor.

How much does the test cost

It is possible to check for coronavirus privately only for a fee. Prices range from 600 to 1490 rubles. Taking biomaterial is paid separately (from about 180 to 400 rubles). When ordering research should provide a passport.

How the analysis is carried out

A smear is taken to conduct a test for coronavirus from the oropharynx: simply pass with a cotton swab over the mucous membrane of the pharynx. The procedure is painless and takes only a few seconds. Doctors recommend three hours before taking the biomaterial not to brush your teeth and not to use mouth rinses.

The test is performed only for people with no pronounced symptoms. Before the procedure, body temperature is measured. In medical centers, a preliminary appointment for the study is provided to minimize the likely contacts between people while waiting for their turn.

The detection of infection is based on the PCR method. Test results will be known in 1-2 days. If they turn out to be positive or doubtful, the medical center sends the biomaterial for confirmation to the Rospotrebnadzor laboratory.

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