Covid-19 Testing: Types and their Relevance

“Test, Test, Test,” said the DG of WHO (Director-General of the World Health Organization) at the beginning of the Pandemic outbreak.

There was and continues to be a very important reason for that – 

  • The virus is highly contagious so one person can infect many others
  • Many patients are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic

In this situation, the only way to contain the spread of the disease is to diagnose patients early – before they infect others. The only way to do that is by aggressive testing, diagnosing, contact tracing, and then isolating the contacts. 

In this video, I will focus on what are the two types of tests for Covid-19. I will also discuss what happens in case there is a ‘False Positive’ or ‘False Negative’ report. 

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