|Test Name||COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2) RT-PCR test|
|Turn Around Time (TAT)||24 - 48 hours|
|Method||Real-time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)|
Novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can transfer to people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas
Based on the information available currently, elderly population and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions might be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
1. Social distancing
A. Avoid contact with someone who shows symptoms of possible COVID-19 – anyone having a cold or cough or fever.
B. Avoid non-essential travel and use of public transport.
C. Avoid public places, crowds and large family get together. Keep in touch with friends and relatives using phone, internet, and social media.
D. Avoid routine visits to hospitals / labs. For minor problems, contact hospital or HF clinic by phone or helpline number if possible. If you are regularly checking INR and adjusting blood thinning medicines, please contact the doctor over phone if possible and try and avoid a hospital visit as much as possible.
2. Hand hygiene
A. Avoid handshakes and touching face with hands
B. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently – do this for at least 20-30 seconds and systematically to clean all parts of the hand.
C. Alcohol based hand-sanitisers are also useful. D. Avoid touching possibly contaminated areas/objects – Public toilet doors, door handles etc.