standard-title COVID 19, serologic tests and its early detection

COVID 19, serologic tests and its early detection

 

Are you worried about the COVID 19 and its quick spread? Are you not sure about the diagnostic test available for its detection?

If recently, you have symptoms such as fever over 38°C, fatigue, dry cough, chills, body or muscular weakness or pain, difficulties to breath or any other gastrointestinal symptom (pain, diarrhea or vomiting)1 you should contact your doctor a soon as possible and if possible take the one of the following test available, according to your doctor of family practitioner professional  advice. 

But, if you want to take one just for precaution, to protect you and your family you have the following options:

An early detection test (or PCR), detect if currently you have the virus, or you could potentially have it. However, if you want to know if you dont have any symptom you can choose a serologic test, which will determine if you have the virus of have had it, in other words, if you have been or you are an asymptomatic patient.  Also, you can take an antibody detection test to confirm if you have had the COVID 19.

If you have the symptoms is preferably to stay at home. 

Other measures you can take are avoiding massive gatherings in private or small places, practice social distancing (2m), regular hand washing, and the use of face covers in public spaces. If you want to gather with others give preference to open spaces.  

1 GOVERNMENT OF CANADA (2020), Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Symptoms and treatment  retrieved on 2020-08-16 from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html