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COVID-19 and Symptoms
COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is caused by a strain of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. Other strains of the coronavirus have caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).People with COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms. Some people may have mild symptoms, others can have severe illness, and some people may experience no symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. These are not all the symptoms a person might experience.
They are also known as point of care tests because the testing is run in the same place the sample is collected (e.g. the doctor’s office) rather than being sent to a specialized lab. Rapid tests can be either diagnostic tests or antibody tests. However, this testing is typically less accurate than standard tests performed in a specialized laboratory.
This test is usually performed in a specialized lab and typically takes several days for the results to be completed. However, despite the length of time to receive the results, this testing is generally most accurate for determining if a person is currently affected. This type of testing is also known as a nucleic acid amplification test.
There are different types of antibodies, some antibodies are produced early on when a person is infected and will no longer be present after the person has recovered (e.g. IgM), while other antibodies are produced later in the infection and may continue to be produced long after the person has recovered (e.g. IgG). read more read less
Why test for COVID-19
Treatment and prevention
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Wear a mask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough/sneeze in your elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).