Getting Tested for Coronavirus

COVID-19 Testing

The first thing a health care professional will need to do before administering any type of Coronavirus tests to a patient, is to collect a series of non-blood samples from the mouth and throat. These samples will be used to build up a database which will allow medical professionals to perform testing on potential patients, and determine if their immune systems are high enough to fight off any possible genetic material which might be introduced into the body. This database is constantly being upgraded as more information on Coronavirus is discovered, and more COVID testing materials are made available to the public. While basic testing supplies for this condition include a nasal spray, swabs of your cheeks and/or hands, and a test stick which you place in your mouth. If you do not feel any allergic reaction, or notice that your throat feels tender when you try to test it, then there may be no need for an allergy test.

Testing Kits

Once the Coronavirus testing kits have been collected, the next step is to prepare for your initial visit to the doctor. You will be asked to fill out a formal questionnaire about your history of allergies and exposure to possible allergens, including things like cosmetics, perfumes, detergents, etc. Any type of home cleaning products, such as grease and cleaning fluids, could contain traces of Coronavirus, and you will be asked to avoid contact with them while your sample is being processed. Your doctor will likely ask you to undergo a battery of blood tests, called a panel blood test, to make sure that your immune system has been optimized for the detection of Coronavirus. Your blood will also be checked for levels of Vitamin D, which is necessary for the production of the hormones responsible for regulating the immune system.

COVID-19 Results

After your initial Coronavirus tests have been completed and your doctor has determined that you are a potential candidate for a clinical trial of Coronavirus therapy, you will be sent home with a collection kit that will need to be opened within a couple of days. In the weeks leading up to your scheduled visit to the clinic, you will return to the lab to receive a swab test, which will allow the scientists to examine your immune system under the microscope. Within a week, the clinical trial will begin and if you show no signs or symptoms of having received the infection during the time that you were symptom free, you will be allowed to proceed with the treatment.