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(1)Covid Symptoms

What should I do if I develop symptoms?

Stay at home and isolate yourself If you develop symptoms, it is important to not panic. Stay and home and isolate yourself from people, including those in your home. Conduct a preliminary assessment

  • Consult a doctor, through tele-consultation.
  • Use the Aarogya Setu app for the self assessment test.
  • Visit a fever clinic
  • For the list of all Government and Private Fever Clinics in Bengaluru Click here. To locate the closest fever clinic to you Click here
Monitor and treat your symptoms
  • Monitor your body temperature every 4 hours. If you have persistent fever of >380 C (100.40 F) for more than 24 hours, report to your doctor
  • If you have a Pulse Oximeter, monitor the blood oxygen saturation levels (SpO2) every 4 hours. If your Oxygen level is less than 95%, report to your doctor
  • Do salt water gargling every 3 hours.
  • Eat healthy food and ensure you are well hydrated
  • If you have difficulty breathing, pressure or pain in the chest, mental confusion, slurred speech, bluish discolouration of lips, or other escalating symptoms, report to your doctor.
For more information, refer to the guidelines by GoK dy.: 04.07.20 Click here

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough
Other symptoms:
  • Aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of taste/smell
These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. For more information:
  1. Refer to ‘Detail Questions and Answers on COVID-19’, by GoK Click here
  2. Refer to ‘Updated Clinical Management Protocol for COVID-19’ by GoI, MoHFW dt.: 03.07.20 Click Here

(2) COVID testing

Where can I get tested?

Testing is done at fever clinics/swab collection centres at the district and taluk levels. There are at least 113 fever clinics/swab collection centres in Bengaluru (66 private and 51 government), where your samples can be taken.

  • For a list of Private Fever Clinics in Bengaluru Click here
  • For a list of Government Fever Clinics in Bengaluru Click here
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What is the testing criteria?

Testing can be done only after a preliminary assessment by a doctor or at a fever clinic. The current protocol to be tested for COVID-19 is as follows:

  • Individuals who have undertaken international travel will be tested if symptomatic. If Asymptomatic they will be tested once between 5th to 7th day of arrival.
  • Primary Contacts (direct and high-risk contacts) of COVID-19 positive persons will be tested immediately if symptomatic. If asymptomatic, they will be tested once between day 5 and day 10 of coming into contact.
  • Secondary (low risk contacts) will be tested only if symptomatic.
  • All patients of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) will be tested immediately
  • For people with Influenza Like Illness(ILI) symptoms:
- All ILI patients from containment zones and buffer zones will be test immediately - Health Care Workers must be tested immediately - Frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of COVID-19 must be tested immediately - All pregnant women and persons with co-morbidity (HIV, Tuberculosis, Cancer, Stroke, Dialysis, organ transplant, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension and other immuno-compromised) and elderly person with ILI symptoms must be tested immediately
  • Pregnant women from Containment and Buffer Zone must be tested once, 14 days before expected delivery date.
  • Inter-state returnees and travellers will be tested immediately if symptomatic. If asymptomatic, a test is not required unless the person is elderly, pregnant or has comorbidities.
For further information, refer to the Lab Testing Protocol by GoK dt.: 08.06.20 Click here

How much will it cost to do a COVID test?

Testing is free of charge in all government testing centers. On June 18, 2020, the Covid-19 task force in Karnataka took a decision to cap the cost of COVID-19 RT-PCR to Rs 2,600 in private hospitals for people referred by a government hospital; and Rs 4,500 if one goes directly to a private hospital.

How long will it take for me to get test results? Who will give me the test results?

From fever clinics/swab collection centres, samples are sent to one of the 25 ICMR-approved testing labs in Bengaluru. The outer time limit for testing the sample after receiving it at the lab is as follows:

  • 12 hours - For suspected death cases, follow up for a positive sample of primary contacts and secondary contacts, symptomatic healthcare workers and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) cases
  • 24 hours - Influenza Like Illness (ILI) patients in containment zones and ILI patients in other areas
  • 24 to 48 hours - Others
For more information , refer to the GoK Circular dt.: 02.05.20 Click here All fever clinics and labs send all test reports to the BBMP or the State Health Department. Hence, you may get the results directly from BBMP.