What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is the name of the disease that is nowadays spreading throughout the World and causing great concern and fear in the general public. The scientific name is coronavirus disease COVID-19.
In the past, a similar disease was spread around the World from the Middle East called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (which became well known during the Umra/Hajj pilgrimage season).The first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Till now 67,107 cases of coronavirus have been detected globally in 29 countries. The death toll as a result of coronavirus is 1,526 while 8,365 people have recovered from the disease.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
What happens to someone who gets ill with Coronavirus disease?
Fever, tiredness, and dry cough, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and/or diarrhea – all these are usually mild and begin gradually. In fact, some people become infected but do not feel ill at all and most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 1 in 6 people can become seriously ill with breathing difficulty.
Only 2% of people with the disease have died.
Who Should Get Tested?
Patient with a history of travel to or residence in China during the last 14 days prior to symptom onset; severe acute respiratory infection (fever, cough, and requiring admission to hospital)
Patient with any acute respiratory illness AND at least one of the following during the 14 days prior to symptom onset:
Contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 infection.
Worked in or attended a health care facility where patients with confirmed or probable COVID-19 acute respiratory disease patients were being treated.
An extremely worried person who wants to exclude the novel corona (COVID-19) virus infection
Patients referred by a registered medical practitioner
Diagnosis of COVID-19
Test for Corona Virus is available at Chughtai Lab. If you have a fever/ cough, and your doctor suspects COVID2019, please stay home. Just call or message us at 03-111456789 and our team will visit your home to get the sample.
Test price is Rs. 7,900/-. For now this service is available in Lahore only.
For Free Home Sample Collection Request
Chughtai Lab is offering sample collection services for the Coronavirus test at Head Office 7-Jail road and at National hospital in Lahore. However, home sample collection service for Coronavirus test is available in the following cities
Note: Samples collected by a doctor may be received and registered at any Chughtai Lab center. The registration must note that “Sample was brought to the Lab”.