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When Should One Get Tested for COVID-19 in India?

By - 29 April 2020

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This novel strain of Coronavirus, known as COVID-19 has been recently discovered. Scientists and medical experts are still trying to understand the virus, its symptoms, and potential treatment methods. Hence, there are chances of people not being aware of the right scenario for getting tested for COVID-19. As per Indian government guidelines, some individuals may not show symptoms but still must get tested. However, there can be some individuals who need not get tested for COVID-19, despite having some symptoms. Therefore, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as the nodal agency for COVID-19, has issued a set of guidelines for COVID-19 testing. Please continue reading to become aware of these guidelines.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), anyone who falls under any of the below-given categories should get themselves tested for COVID-19:

  • All symptomatic individuals who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days
  • All symptomatic contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases
  • All symptomatic health care workers
  • All patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (fever AND cough and/or shortness of breath)
  • Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact

In hotspots/cluster (identified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and in large migration gatherings/evacuees centre, individuals need to be tested for COVID-19 if:

  • They show symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat within and after 7 days of illness.

As on 28 April 2020, a total of 7,16,733 samples have been tested in India.

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