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Coronavirus Test - Overview
Push Health is actively working to bring coronavirus testing to patients through our network of affiliated medical providers nationwide. Once live, people will be able to request a coronavirus lab test (COVID-19 test) online and get their specimen drawn at a local affiliated medical provider's office. Coronavirus test samples are processed through Quest Diagnostics and, once the results are ready, will be made available through Push Health.
What Is Coronavirus?
The term coronavirus is used to a class of viruses that are named based on the crown-like appearance of the virus particles as seen under a special type of microscope. Coronaviruses affect humans in addition to some types of animals. Many types of coronaviruses only cause mild illnesses while other types are quite dangerous. Today, when most people discuss coronavirus, they are referring to a novel strain of coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2 which is thought to have originated in Wuhan, China. This particular coronavirus is similar to one seen in bats.
Coronavirus Testing Online
How does online coronavirus testing near you work? The coronavirus lab test currently being offered in the United States is the SARS-CoV-2 RNA test. This particular test for coronavirus is a qualitative real-time RT-PCR test and is distributed by Quest Diagnostics. Currently, there is very limited availability for the coronavirus test due to overwhelming demand and limitations on the number of COVID-19 tests available. Push Health is currently working with Quest Diagnostics to make coronavirus testing available at a wider scale to people nationwide. Once coronavirus testing is available through Push Health, people will be able to request a coronavirus RNA test online and get tested at a local medical provider's office. Coronavirus lab specimens will be processed by Quest Diagnostics and results will be available securely in one's Push Health account within a 4-5 business days.
COVID-19 - Transmission
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) appears to be highly infectious although what we know about the virus is still evolving. Currently, infections are thought to be spread via transmission of infected droplets during close contact. For this particular strain of coronavirus, transmission may even occur between people who are within 6 feet or more of someone who has an infection. Coronavirus can be transmitted in the sputum as well as liquids such as blood and serum.
Some people - particularly young, healthy individuals, may have no symptoms even though they are infected with coronavirus. When symptoms do occur, they are sometimes mild and similar to the common cold. Unfortunately, older people are much more susceptible to having severe symptoms of a COVID-19 infection which may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Radiological studies such as chest radiography and CT may show airspace or ground glass opacities which are asymmetric and bilateral. Much is still being learned about this novel coronavirus infection and the symptoms it presents with.
Coronavirus - Treatment
As of this time, no approved coronavirus treatment is available today. Research is being put into investigating various drugs, including chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine and Kaletra. Other treatments and a coronavirus vaccine are also being researched. Other COVID-19 treatments used include supportive care such as intravenous fluids and, when necessary, assisted ventilation.
Coronavirus Testing - Online
In most states, a consultation with a licensed medical provider is required to get coronavirus testing. If you are looking for a coronavirus test near you, be advised that Push Health is actively working on getting access to coronavirus testing through Quest Diagnostics to be launched through licensed medical providers using Push Health.
Coronavirus - More Information
Last updated March 16, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.