During the early stage of the pandemic, COVID-19 testing was once everyone’s concern.
Priority has since shifted to the vaccination programme with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses in Malaysia.
But what exactly is the role of COVID-19 testing now that there’s a vaccine and who should get tested?The role of COVID-19 testing
Now that there are numerous vaccines for COVID-19, what is the role that testing plays?Vaccinated or not, you can still get COVID-19. Thus, testing is still needed.
While vaccination does protect you from getting severely ill with COVID-19, some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do still get sick because no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection.
Should you display any COVID-19 symptoms, it is important that you get tested to find out if you are ill and to get the proper treatment.Testing helps to stop transmission of COVID-19 - it saves lives.
The role of testing is to identify if you have COVID-19 so that you can get the healthcare attention you need. In addition, knowing that you are tested positive for COVID-19 will allow you to take necessary measures such as home quarantine (for Category 1 and Category 2) to stop transmission of the disease.
If you are tested positive, it is advisable to inform those whom you came in contact with so that they can get tested too. By practicing these measures with the help of testing, you are saving lives.COVID testing informs policymakers.
An additional benefit of testing is that it helps to give policymakers and healthcare providers a better idea of how the pandemic is going. Testing tells us the number of new cases in Malaysia, where they are occurring, the rate of transmission, and more.
Ultimately, this data helps policymakers plan for the future and gives healthcare workers time to provide an adequate response to the pandemic.When should you get a COVID-19 test?
Not everyone needs to get tested; however, there are clear cases when you should get tested.
If you’re wondering “Where is there COVID testing near me?”, look for the nearest Pantai Hospital to you. As part of our commitment to better serve the community, Pantai Hospitals are providing COVID-19 Drive-Thru Screening Services. Alternatively, on-site screenings services for individuals and companies at their own premise is also available from selected hospitals.
For more information on COVID-19 testing at Pantai Hospital or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with us today.Resources: