Since March 26, 2020, some medical centers in Russia have begun to conduct tests for coronavirus privately. This means that anyone can get tested. To do this, you do not need to take any certificates from doctors. Despite the skeptical attitude of specialists to such a test, the service is in great demand among the population.
Do I need a test for coronavirus
Epidemiologists consider conducting such a test as a psychotherapeutic measure for complacency, nothing more. It makes no sense to check everyone in any age group. Experts note that then it is necessary to test every day, since at the time of delivery of the biomaterial a person may not have a coronavirus, but leaving the medical center, he may become infected with it.
A number of experts agree that this test will not interfere with those who have recently returned from a country with an unfavorable epidemic situation or have come into contact with people who have come from similar places. The test allows you to detect the virus in the body before the manifestation of severe symptoms.
The analysis will not be able to show whether a person has had a coronavirus earlier. He reveals only the carriage. It turns out that in order to "catch" the virus before symptoms, this test must be carried out every two weeks, and preferably more often. Early detection will allow a person to quarantine earlier, which will reduce the number of "victims" - people whom he can infect. Doctors will have more time to choose effective treatment tactics to avoid serious complications.
Where to take the test
Currently, private analysis for coronavirus is carried out only in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. In the near future, other cities will be connected to them. The list of items with addresses can be found on the official portal of Rospotrebnadzor.
How much does the test cost
Private testing for coronavirus is only possible on a paid basis. Prices range from 600 to 1490 rubles. Taking biomaterial is paid separately (approximately from 180 to 400 rubles). When ordering a study, you must provide a passport.
How is the analysis done
To carry out a test for coronavirus, a swab is taken from the oropharynx: it is simply carried out with a cotton swab along the mucous membrane of the throat. The procedure is painless and takes only a few seconds. Doctors recommend that you do not brush your teeth and do not use mouth rinses three hours before taking the biomaterial.
The test is only performed on people without severe symptoms. Body temperature is measured before the procedure. Medical centers provide preliminary registration for research in order to minimize possible contact between people while waiting for their turn.
The detection of infection is based on the PCR method. The test results will become known in 1-2 days. If they turn out to be positive or doubtful, the medical center sends the biomaterial for a confirmatory study to the Rospotrebnadzor laboratory.