The corona pandemic took the world by storm in the last year. Despite all these months of quarantines and deaths, many people don’t fully understand the technical things behind the disease. The understanding leads to many people making irresponsible choices that have deadly impacts on less fortunate individuals. It’s important to clarify some items to your patients, so they understand the weight of their actions.
Do healthy individuals need a corona test?
There is this misconception that people who feel fine should not bother getting the test. Many find the tests invasive and uncomfortable, so they would relatively “risk” their results than sit through a simple swab. The repercussion of these actions is deadly to many people, and it is this attitude helped spread the disease so widely.
People don’t feel sick immediately. Viruses have an incubation period where one does not feel symptoms yet. So, if you find out your friend you had a barbeque with the other day tested positive, chances are, they were contagious when they were around you. Getting tested is a responsibility as a citizen.
If there is any reason to believe you came into contact with an infected individual, a test (or quarantine) should immediately follow. Even if you don’t care about your health and safety, you should consider the health and safety of others you risk infecting.
What does it mean to be asymptomatic?
What if you feel extraordinary? Well, while there is a chance that you missed catching COVID-19, there is also a high chance you were merely asymptomatic. A large portion of infected individuals is asymptomatic. This term means that, even though they have the infection, they do not feel sick at all.
In these cases, you don’t need to worry about potential ventilators or landing in a hospital. You can count yourself lucky – but don’t think this has no consequences. The dangerous part of being asymptomatic is that you walk around not knowing you have the infection. This potential for spreading is why it is essential to seek out tests after potential contamination regardless of your symptom expression.
Am I still contagious when I am asymptomatic?
Despite a lack of symptoms, negative tests mean corona is actively in your body. While it may not hurt you, it can still impact the people around you. If you visit your grandparents or work with a lot of people, you risk giving the infection to everyone you encounter. Just because you didn’t show any symptoms does not mean that the people you infect will get off so lucky. In fact, the same disease could kill someone.
Tests are an important part of controlling the spread and keeping our community safe.
Our community at PCR-Dx is here to help you learn about the services available to you. Our cutting-edge facilities and state-of-the-art equipment have everything you need for affordable and accurate results. We aim to bring you fast results during these uncertain times. You can count on us to provide reliable services you can trust and depend on. Contact us today for more information about the testing options that will work with your institution.
About PCR-Dx Diagnostic
At PCR-Dx Diagnostic, our mission is to provide our physician and practitioner clients and their patients with cutting-edge, all-inclusive PCR-based diagnostic services. Our goal is to enable medical professionals to make quick and accurate diseases diagnoses on their patients in line with our motto of “accurate testing and fast results.”