With growing cases of CoVID-19 in Cebu, more measures have been placed to help to flatten the curve.
We have to undergo COVID-19 swab testing and/or rapid testing for us to know about our condition in this pandemic. However. there are things we need to know about these testing kits and even to do’s. Because of the constant plea of mass testing, Cebu started mass testing yesterday, May 6, 2020.
The results of this test will serve as the basis for the policies, services, and activities of the City after the expiry of the Enhanced Community Quarantine on 15 May 2020.
But, since this pandemic is new to us, we prolly don’t know what to plan for, right? So keep your eyes focused on this page and continue to scroll through it.
How it works?
There are two (2) types of testing:
- RT-PCR Testing / Swab testing (swabbing)
- Rapid Antibody-based Test (by blood sample)
According to the government of Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City, blood samples will be obtained during rapid testing. The initial test results will be done in 15 minutes.
Those verified positive for rapid testing will be subject to confirmatory PCR swab tests. If there is still a positive repeat test, the person will be taken to a quarantine center.
What should I do before getting tested?
Health workers are always making sure that they sanitize everything and dispose when needed. So if you want to be extra careful, you can do the following:
- Bring your own gloves with you. Tell the frontliner you have yours and humbly ask them to replace their gloves with the ones you brought in.
- Prepare a pale water with chlorine or a drop of zonrox and soap. Ask the health care worker to wash their hands before they contact someone and everything.
What should I do after getting tested?
- Always keep in mind to isolate yourself from this. Even, after checking, make sure to take a bath instead of just washing your face and hands with soap and water.
- Always remember that our frontliners are doing the best they can to fight the virus. Little details, therefore, could often be forgotten. Therefore, always make sure that you are prepared and informed when the need arises.
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