To date, over 27 million cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the US. That number will, unfortunately, continue to climb until the vaccine becomes more widely available. If you’re wondering how you can do your part to help slow the spread of the pandemic, getting tested at home is an effective way to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. Let’s talk about how.
How in-home testing can help prevent Covid-19 from spreading
The entire purpose of a Covid-19 test is to quickly identify who is and isn’t sick whether or not they have symptoms. People who test positive can know when it’s time to self-isolate and prevent accidentally infecting other people. They can also call anyone they’ve been in contact with who can, in turn, get tested. These individuals can also submit their information to any contact tracing programs in their area to further mitigate accidental exposure.
The benefits of in-home testing include…
- Faster results. Unlike DIY testing kits that must be sent to a lab for processing, an in-home service offers tests that provide accurate results within 15 – 30 minutes of your test, depending on the type of test you choose. You can know if it’s time to quarantine while the infection is still contagious – not days after your test.
- Avoid waiting in line. Areas with high infection rates are seeing an increased demand for tests, which can sometimes lead to long lines. Instead of having to drive across town and wait in line at a drive-in center or your doctor’s waiting room, your test takes place at home on your own time.
- Prevent accidental exposure. If you’re sick, you can avoid accidentally exposing others to the virus. On the flip side, you can prevent yourself from catching the virus if you aren’t ill.
- At-home convenience. People who use public transport do not unintentionally expose others to the virus on their way to a testing center. Likewise, young parents with families, people with mobility considerations, and people living in retirement centers can also benefit from in-home tests.
How do you know if you should get tested?
You should get tested if…
- You’ve been exposed to someone with an active case of Covid-19
- You’ve been around people who were not socially distancing or wearing face masks or other facial coverings
- You feel flu-like symptoms
- You’ve recently traveled to an area with a high number of positive reported cases
If you’re feeling under the weather but aren’t sure if you have Covid-19 or the flu, you can complete this symptom self-checker from the CDC to determine if you need to get tested. You should also contact your doctor for further guidance.
What if you don’t have symptoms and feel fine?
If you’ve been exposed to someone with Covid-19, it’s important to get tested even if you don’t feel unwell. Some people have few to mild symptoms while others have severe, life-threatening symptoms. Even though Covid-19 doesn’t cause symptoms in everyone who is infected, that doesn’t mean it isn’t transmissible.
What if you test positive?
If you test positive, it’s important to inform everyone you may have been in contact with over the last couple of weeks. Communication is key to helping prevent the spread of Covid-19 since your contacts can know if they should get tested.
You should inform…
- Friends and family
- Your employer
- Your coworkers
- Places you’ve recently been, such as grocery stores or pharmacies
Covid-19 self-care tips
If you do receive a positive test result, you’ll want to quarantine for at least 14 days, rest, and care for yourself like any other illness.
- Take care of yourself and get enough food, drink, and sleep. This will help you recover more quickly and get back to life as usual.
- Stay in touch with your doctor and inform them about changes to your condition. This helps them better advise you as to whether you need to seek more intensive care.
- Stay in touch with friends and family; staying connected can boost your mood and speed up your recovery.
- Prevent Covid-19 from spreading by ordering your groceries online, getting restaurant delivery, or asking friends and/or family if they can bring food to you. Just make sure to wear a mask and stay socially distant when meeting them!
- If you absolutely have to go out, make sure to wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer frequently.
Fast And Safe In-Home Covid-19 Testing With Drip Hydration
If you want to get a Covid-19 test at home but don’t want to deal with the hassle of DIY kits, Drip Hydration can help. One of our friendly registered nurses brings and administers the test in your home and can provide results within as little as 15 minutes, depending on the type of test you choose. Together, we can help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and get the world back to normal!