Epicentre News • 17 July 2020
This article will explain when you can test for COVID-19. A COVID infection is fast, and in some cases life-threatening. It’s very important to know how soon you can test for COVID.
You can test for COVID-19 5 days after you have been exposed to the virus.
In South Africa having a COVID test result can be the difference between getting into hospital, so we all need to understand that, to book a COVID test with Epicentre:
- You DO NOT need to wait 7 days
- You need to wait 5 days after you think you touched or breathed in the COVID virus
- You DO NOT need a doctors referral
- You Do NOT need to be showing symptoms
- You just need to make an online booking
As many people around us are getting sick, it’s crucial for us to not only understand if we have the virus, but to understand the stages of being sick with the virus. We need to know this information, so we can protect our loved ones and know when to call for help.
While many people are asymptomatic, for some the virus may affect them mildly at first and then suddenly turn bad. Our resident Epicentre epidemiologist has scoured academic articles and compared what the world’s scientists are discovering with what we can see happening to our patients.
Take a close look at the graph below and its explanation; then look at Dr. Carmen’s video, one of Dr. COVID Angels who was infected with the virus herself in April.