Symptoms Of Covid-19

When to test

Usual symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, body ache, loss of smell & taste, chills, and breathlessness. New symptoms are pink eyes, loose motions, and hearing impairment.

In case you were in close contact of 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more with a confirmed COVID-19 patient.

When not to test

If two weeks have passed after taking both doses of vaccine and there are no symptoms, no need to test after coming in close contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Help in uncertain times

Which test should be done?

RT-PCR is gold standard

Requirements for RT-PCR test

At the time of the sample collection, as mandated by the Government of India, providing the copy of Aadhaar card of the patient is a mandatory requirement

The COVID test report is shared online over e-mail or on provider app, min. 1 day. Looking at the current scenario, this might take 3-4

Alternatively, on advise of the treating doctor, you can also get CT chest to detect the virus.

Interpretation of RT-PCR report

According to the ICMR, the current positivity criteria is based on the cycle threshold (CT) which is a measure of how soon after the RT-PCR test, COVID-19 is detected in a sample.

As per ICMR guidelines, a patient with CT value of =<35 may be considered as positive and all others may be considered as negative.

CT refers to the number of cycles needed to amplify the viral RNA to a detectable level.

Important Information

Detailed interpretation of the result of COVID-19

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Clinical guidance for management of COVID-19 patients from AIIMS

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Revised home isolation guidelines

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FAQs for patients with co-morbidities in view of the pandemic

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Covid-19 Oxygen Therapy guide

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Stages of Covid-19

SPO2* >94 90-94 <90
RR* <24 24-30 >30
CONDITION Mild fever, fatigue, myalgia, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhoea Moderate but frequent fever, cough, chest CT with lesions Critical, acute respiratory distress syndrome, shock, hearing failure, coagulation dysfunction, and acute kidney injury

Physical distancing, indoor mask use, strict hand hygiene.

Symptomatic management (hydration, anti-pyretics, anti-tussive, multivitamins)

Stay in contact with the treating doctor

Monitor temperature and oxygen saturation (by applying a SpO2 probe to fingers)

Consult a doctor immediately Consult a doctor immediately

Home quarantine or isolation ward

Isolation ward/hospitalisation/ICU


*SPO2: Oxygen saturation | **RR: Respiratory rate

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