Should I be tested for Coronavirus?

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COVID-19 testing - when and how?

All individuals need not be tested, because disease is primarily reported in individuals with travel history to the affected countries or close contacts of positive cases.

Who to test?

ALL symptomatic people who

  • Have a history of international travel in the last 14 days
  • Had come in contact with confirmed cases
  • Are healthcare workers
  • Are hospitalized patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) or Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) or severe pneumonia.

Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of confirmed cases should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact. Direct and high-risk contact include:

  • Those living in the same household with a confirmed case.
  • Healthcare workers who examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO recommendations.

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