How do I contact Divoc Diagnostics?
Currently, there are two main types of COVID-19 testing kits approved for clinical use, the Viral RT-PCR RNA testing kit and the antibody testing kit. Divoc offers both.
What is a "Rapid Test" and how is it different from other tests?
Divoc Labs has created a custom Viral RT-PCR RNA COVID-19 testing kit that is manufactured largely from partners located in the United States.
How is the virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly transmitted between people?
Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 spreads between people through direct, indirect (through contaminated objects or surfaces), or close contact with infected people via mouth and nose secretions. These include saliva, respiratory secretions or secretion droplets. These are released from the mouth or nose when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings, for example. People who are in close contact (within 1 metre) with an infected person can catch COVID-19 when those infectious droplets get into their mouth, nose or eyes.
To avoid contact with these droplets, it is important to stay at least 1 metre away from others, clean hands frequently, and cover the mouth with a tissue or bent elbow when sneezing or coughing. When physical distancing (standing one metre or more away) is not possible, wearing a fabric mask is an important measure to protect others. Cleaning hands frequently is also critical.
Can people without symptoms transmit the virus?
Yes, infected people can transmit the virus both when they have symptoms and when they don’t have symptoms. This is why it is important that all people who are infected are identified by testing, isolated, and, depending on the severity of their disease, receive medical care. Even people confirmed to have COVID-19 but who do not have symptoms should be isolated to limit their contact with others. These measures break chains of transmission.
This is why it is always important to stay at least 1 metre from others, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a bent elbow or tissue, clean hands regularly, and stay home if you become unwell or if asked. In areas where there is widespread transmission, it is also important that people wear a fabric mask where physical distancing and other control measures cannot be implemented.
What does the WHO and CDC recommend in order to stop / prevent the spread of Covid-19?
WHO recommends the following set of measures to prevent person-to-person spread of COVID-19
- Limit close contact between infectious people and others. Ensure a physical distance of at least 1 metre from others. In areas where COVID-19 is circulating and this distance cannot be guaranteed, wear a mask.
- Identify infected people quickly so that they can be isolated and cared for and all of their close contacts can be quarantined in appropriate facilities.
- Clean hands and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or bent elbow at all times.
- Avoid crowded places, close-contact settings and confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
- Ensure good ventilation in indoor settings, including homes and offices.
- Stay home if feeling unwell and call your medical provider as soon as possible to determine whether medical care is needed.
- In countries or areas where COVID-19 is circulating, health workers should use medical masks continuously during all routine activities in clinical areas in health care facilities.
- Health workers should also use additional personal protective equipment and precautions when caring for COVID-19 patients. More details for medical professionals are available here and here.
- Workplaces should have in place protective measures, details here.
What is the difference between a Viral RT-PCR RNA COVID-19 test and an antibody test?
A Viral RT-PCR RNA COVID-19 test detects an active SARS-CoV-2 virus. An antibody test detects proteins the body usually makes if an individual has had the virus in the past.
Why are both the Viral RT-PCR RNA test and antibody tests important?
Combining the use of the Viral RT-PCR RNA and antibody tests will improve the test accuracy and decrease the misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis rate.