COVID-19 testing - when and how?
All individuals need not be tested
Disease is primarily reported in Individuals with travel history to the affected countries or close contacts of positive cases.
WHOM TO TEST :
All symptomatic people who
Have history of international travel in last 14 days
Had come in contact of confirmed cases
Are healthcare workers
Are hospitalized patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) or Influenza Like Illness (ILI) or severe pneumonia
Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of confirmed cases should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact. Direct and high-risk contact includes:
Those living in same household with a confirmed case
Healthcare workers who examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO recommendations