Doctor Juan Alerts Us That Even With A Negative Test, If You Have This Symptom, The Probability That You Have COVID-19 Is High
Even with a negative test, if you have this symptom, the probability that you have COVID-19 is high
In the face of a second wave of coronavirus this winter and there are still many people who have more questions than answers regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Hispanics have been disproportionately affected with 3 times the risk of contracting the virus than whites and 2 times the risk of dying from this terrible disease.
The symptoms have manifested over time:
loss of smell
*Unfortunately, in some cases, symptoms progress to respiratory compromise.
But while the symptoms have become clearer to us, there remains significant confusion with testing for the virus.
Let me be very clear: even when a coronavirus test gives a negative result, there are symptoms, which, if present in the patient, suggest that the test is wrong.
There are two main tests for COVID-19:
The nose swab test detects the genetic material of the virus, indicating whether we are infected at that precise moment or not. When a person has symptoms that suggest COVID-19, this procedure should be performed.
The other test, which is blood, is to detect the presence of antibodies and tells us whether or not someone was exposed to the virus in the past.
Are These Tests Perfect?
No. They can give "false negatives." In other words, test negative when the person is actually infected with the virus.
So, What Can We Do?
The first thing is to understand that not everything is coronavirus. A person may have a fever, cough, tiredness, and have another type of virus or illness. In fact, an influenza test would be appropriate in a situation like this.
Now, if the person has a loss of smell or taste, they have coronavirus until proven otherwise and the test should be repeated if the first one returned a negative result.
We are all in the same boat and the best we can do is try to prevent this terrible disease:
- Using the masks
- Practicing social distancing
- Avoiding closed and crowded places
- Washing our hands frequently
- Supporting our immune system.
In order to strengthen the defences, habits of the utmost importance are:
sleep 7-8 hours a day
consume 3 to 5 daily servings of fruits / vegetables
do not consume alcohol in excess
We continue together in this task,
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