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Testing – Who all should be tested for Coronavirus?


There are various rumours spread out and confusion in the minds of people on who should go for testing and who should not and who might have coronavirus. So here we are for our readers with some details on who should definitely go for a coronavirus testing.

Also Read: Do’s and Don’ts for Coronavirus

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

Whom to test?

All symptomatic people who:

Have travel history of international travel in last 14 days

Had come in contact of confirmed cases

testing kit for COVID-19
IEEE Spectrum

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 same household with a confirmed case

Healthcare workers who examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO recommendations.

Author: Ankita Mundhra

Reference: Maharashtra Government COVID-19


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