It has been a tough year for most of us, working remotely at home or in the office to implement new safety practices for the COVID-19 pandemic. We adapt to new work requirements, wear personal protective equipment, and ensure that our activities do not contribute to the spread of the virus. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 has entailed regular testing, having a test after being in close contact with someone who caught the virus, or having a test as a preventative step before beginning a new job, going to school, or even seeing loved ones again.

Rapid tests may significantly reduce the spread of COVID by enabling people who test positive to pursue contact tracing. It is also critical for individuals who interact with the public on a daily basis, from healthcare to education to your local grocery shop. Regular testing of essential employees provides the public with the assurance that they will be safe. Furthermore, rapid, widely available testing like fit to fly tests reduces the likelihood of major outbreaks by allowing patients to be identified immediately and self-quarantined. Moreover, COVID testing has decreased since more individuals have been immunized. Most individuals are now only being tested if they have signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing and congestion, headache and exhaustion, and a loss of taste and smell, all of which are characteristics of the coronavirus. Also, in many countries fit to travel certificate is needed to ensure the safety of every citizen.

Usually, a virus or other contagion is not so common that individuals believe they should avoid testing. Unfortunately, this may not be viable with so many individuals at risk of exposure or problems. However, now that vaccinations are available and with a controlled virus, testing may return to the standard method of administration. The majority of testing is done with a nasal swab, which removes a small quantity of mucus from your nose and tests for the presence of the COVID virus. There are also at-home kits that can be ordered online and completed without leaving the house.

Moreover, an infographic below from Harley Medic International discusses when free COVID-19 tests will end in England.


Susana N. Tolbert