Our understanding of the novel coronavirus has grown dramatically since the first case in the US back in January. What we initially believed to be an illness that was only serious for the elderly has now claimed more than 177,000 lives and affected 5.7 million people in the country.
As we adapt to the ongoing pandemic, we have had to consistently evolve the testing criteria for the virus. Originally only individuals deemed high-risk were tested, but now, the general public, as well as those who are asymptomatic, are being tested. According to research from Iceland, 50% of the country’s COVID-19 cases were asymptomatic.
In this piece, we’re going to discuss the importance of asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
It Identifies the Infected
Due to an absence of symptoms, many people who are infected with the novel coronavirus aren’t aware that they are carriers. Due to this, many of them may not be taking the necessary precautions to isolate themselves and protect others.
There’s a good chance that asymptomatic carriers of the virus remain in close proximity to family members/housemates, sharing items and going out in public. Testing these people means they can be urged to isolate themselves to prevent exposure to the virus.
Allows Contact Tracing
By testing asymptomatic individuals, medical practitioners and public health officials can work to trace the people whom they’ve been in contact with during the timeframe that they’ve been carriers.
These people can then be informed and educated on the potential risks and the safety precautions they should take.
Enhance Our Understanding of the Virus
Epidemiologists and public health officials will be better equipped to understand the virus with accurate data from asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Many current case and death figures exclude these individuals, so testing them could provide us with a better understanding of how dangerous and widespread the virus is, as well as better ways to prevent it from spreading.
MediSci’s ACT (Asymptomatic COVID-19 Test) Program was developed by collaborating with LabCorp and the San Diego Public Health Department to provide COVID-19 testing for front line healthcare workers and essential personnel working with high-risk patients. The company offers quick and accurate COVID-19 PCR and antibody testing to identify potentially infected individuals and prevent the spread of infection.
MediSci also provides remote monitoring services for patients in Poway through their innovative patient engagement platform app that offers biometric and symptoms reposting integrated with point of care and a 24/7 nursing helpline.
Call MediSci today to learn more about their patient app and remote healthcare and monitoring solutions.