How can I stay informed about the availability of the COVID-19 IgG/IgM test?
Healthcare professionals, institutions, and other interested parties with questions about the Company’s recently licensed COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test are asked to send email inquiries to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
What is coronavirus and how is it spread?
The term coronavirus refers to a family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. The SARS-CoV-2 strain was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Public health officials have identified the source of this virus in bats and are investigating its spread from animal to human and human to human. It is typically spread by respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes, similar to the way flu and other respiratory viruses spread.
What is the incubation period for COVID-19?
Infectious disease experts have determined that symptoms can begin within 14 days of initial exposure to the virus.
What are the primary symptoms?
Primary symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
If you have recently traveled to China or other parts of the world where outbreak is prevalent, or been in close contact with someone who traveled to those countries and have any of the above symptoms, contact your healthcare provider right away.
What is the best way to seek care?
Remember, this is a highly contagious virus. It is not recommended that you enter a healthcare facility, potentially exposing many other individuals. If you feel you have been exposed, call your doctor or call 911 and let them know about your symptoms and recent travel history.
How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
A special laboratory test performed by the CDC or some state’s Department of Health can confirm diagnosis. A diagnosis may be inconclusive with only a physical exam because mild cases of the new coronavirus may appear similar to the flu or a bad cold.
How is COVID-19 treated?
Currently, there is no targeted treatment or vaccine. Standard supportive measures for any respiratory illness will be used.
What can I do to prevent COVID-19?
Take the following precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing
- Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home from work or school if you feel unwell
- Vaccines have the potential to prevent or treat a wide range of infectious diseases. Make sure that everyone in your house (including yourself) has received the flu shot to stay healthy and safe
- The benefit of wearing facemasks is not proven and they are not recommended as a preventive measure.
For additional information and updates on COVID-19, visit these sites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization — International Summary
- National Institutes of Health