Accessing healthcare facilities to test Covid-19 can be stressful.Currently the only test that can identify the virus is a test that requires an RNA extraction from nasal or throat swabs taken by professionals. The test is able to identify the coronavirus’ type and also if the virus is a MERS-CoV or if it is not.
A test that is available at home, however, is one that can identify the presence of flu like symptoms or respiratory issues. This home test would not be effective in detecting the presence of this virus in any other way besides respiratory complications. While this does not mean it would be impossible to develop a home testing kit for this virus, especially in light of how dire of an epidemic it has become so far, until there is one available people should be weary when traveling to parts of the world where this disease has been found. It can take up two weeks for symptoms to develop after initial exposure. This gives the virus time to spread and infect people who do not display symptoms and could be unaware of their exposure.
In addition to avoiding countries where this disease has been identified, another way to steer clear of the spread of this illness is to make sure that your vaccinations are up to date. This includes vaccinations for influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and polio. These diseases are all known to cause respiratory complications and can be protected against by getting vaccinated. It is also important to wash hands frequently and keep your hands away from your face as much as possible in order to prevent the spread of germs.