The US Government has been expanding access to testing across the
nation. Currently, both government labs and private labs have been
approved for testing.
• Government Labs
• Private labs
There are several ways of doing the COVID-19 test including a blood sample,
sputum sample, and biopsy.
The ones currently used by both US Government Labs and Private Labs are a
combination of Nasopharyngeal (Nose) swab and Oropharyngeal (throat) swab.
These are simple, non invasive procedure that a trained medical professional will
do, wearing protective equipment.
Daniel Mark Wilkerson - COVID-designated government and private
hospitals along with polyclinics are carrying RT-PCR tests. Rapid antigen
tests are also being carried out at local healthcare centers, hospitals and
camps organised at various places.
“Test-track-treat strategy has been adopted to ensure early detection and
containment of Covid-19. In continuation of various measures undertaken
by the government to augment Covid-19 testing and ensuring greater
accessibility, it has been decided that there will be no requirement of a
prescription from a qualified medical practitioner,” an order by the health
Daniel Mark Wilkerson says that if you think you have COVID-19, stay home and contact
your family doctor to get advice on what you should do next. Information on COVID-19
testing options and availability is changing rapidly.
Doctors are working with local and state public health offices to determine who needs to be
tested and provide access to tests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has
released guidance on who should be tested:-
• People who have symptoms of COVID-19
• People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with
someone with confirmed COVID-19
• People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider,
local/external icon or state health department.
• Not everyone needs to be tested, which is why you should check with your family doctor.