COVID-19 continues to take a toll on a global scale, causing significant health and economic crisis. All around the world, countries are taking radical measures to mitigate risks associated with the virus. Wearing masks, avoiding crowds, social distancing, testing and contact tracing are a few measures that are being taken to control the spread of the virus.
As the number of infections continues to rise at an alarming rate in the neighboring country, India. It is high time that we take precautionary measures to protect ourselves. We cannot rely on the government to protect us if we are not willing to protect ourselves first. Performing laboratory tests to detect the virus in case of any symptom is the first step to prevent you and those around you.
There is a lot of information regarding tests for this virus and to determine the presence of the virus. You might have heard terms like PCR, RTR, antibodies, antigens, etc. when it comes to tests for this virus. Sometimes, this information can be overwhelming when you do not know about it. So let us break it down for you.
Understanding the Virus
Corona viruses are a family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses like the common cold, shortness of breath, etc. The name of the virus responsible for this COVID-19 pandemic is SARS-CoV-2 . This virus spreads through droplets released from the infected person while coughing, sneezing or talking.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and Ribonucleic acid ( RNA) are genetic materials found in humans, animals, plants and even viruses. While most viruses have either DNA or RNA, they cannot contain both. The SARS-CoV-2 virus contains an RNA code. And the COVID-19 lab tests are actually checking for the genetic code of the virus.
PCR tests, rapid antigen tests and antibody tests are a few tests to detect COVID. These tests for COVID-19 differ in terms of accuracy, cost, convenience and recommendation. Moreover, this blog aims to provide you information regarding the PCR test in Nepal.
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test
A PCR test for COVID-19 is used to diagnose people who are infected with SARS-CoV-19. It is the gold standard test for diagnosing the virus due to its accuracy.
PCR test in Nepal is the most reliable and accurate method to detect the virus. A PCR test yields either positive or negative results. A positive result means the person is infected with the virus. Similarly, a negative test means that the person isn’t infected or does not have enough virus in the body to be detected in the test. However, the tests are not a hundred percent accurate. So it is wise to take precautions even if you have mild symptoms. Moreover, you can contact a health care expert for their suggestion/supervision.
When should you take a PCR test in Nepal?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tested positive, you should get yourself tested. But, make sure to contact an expert for their opinion first. You can decide when and where to take the test as suggested by experts. PCR test in Nepal can be done in different places such as hospitals, private clinics, assigned spaces, home, etc.
How PCR test is done?
A sample is collected by using a swab to collect the respiratory cells/specimen . The swab has a long, flexible and soft tip that is inserted into the nose and throat. After the collection, the tube is sealed and sent to the laboratory. Then trained clinical laboratory personnel performs a process to extract the RNA of the virus. Lastly, special chemicals and machines are used to detect the presence of the virus.
When is PCR test essential in Nepal?
With the travel restrictions due to the COVID-19, PCR test in Nepal is made mandatory for people traveling overseas or returning back. Moreover, PCR test in Nepal is recommended/essential to those experiencing the symptoms of the virus, quarantined individuals, asymptomatic frontline workers and patients who need surgeries/procedures that requires general anesthesia.
Are there any downsides to the PCR tests?
- False results
PCR tests aren’t 100% accurate, there have been instances of false positives. So it is always wise to take another test if you have a doubt and follow safety precautions.
Lots of people complain about being uncomfortable during the test. As swabs are inserted into the nose and throat, they might feel pain, itchy or discomfort. Few people might even experience light bleeding which again is absolutely normal.
Can I get tested at home?
Absolutely! TDO Labs have been providing PCR service at home at a very economic rate. An experienced agent is sent to your place to collect the sample, free of cost. Likewise, each collection is done in a new PPE kit to avoid the risk of spreading the virus.
Private health service providers have been providing this service for a long time now. You can get your swab collected at your doorstep while maintaining strict/safe distancing protocols.
When to expect your PCR result?
Depending on your service provider, it might take anywhere between a few hours to a day to get the result of your PCR test in Nepal. At TDO labs, you can get your result within 8 to 10 hours through a message. Moreover, your detailed report will be provided within 12-24 hours. We believe, the sooner you get the results, the more chance you have to make a better choice for yourself and those around you.
PCR and COVID-19 Vaccine
The vaccine provides protection by developing an immune response to SARS-CoV-2 Virus. Developing immunity means there is less risk of getting infected. But there have been instances where people are reinfected by the virus. That is why vaccination doesn’t ensure full safety. Precautions should be taken despite any status of virus or vaccination. If you want some more consultation regarding this subject, you can reach us at email@example.com.
So if you are in doubt, get yourself PCR tested! We at TDO labs aim to educate, help and guide you towards a healthier lifestyle.
Our TDO labs team is dedicated to keeping you and yours safe. We are associated with different labs all over the country. Visit our website www.tdolabs.com or give us a call at 9880111000 for more details.