Laboratory About Us
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to
moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special
treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical
problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory
disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well
informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it
spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your
hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or
discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes,
so itís important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for
example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
Testing for COVID-19 involves inserting a 6-inch long swab (like a
long Q-tip) into the cavity between the nose and mouth
(nasopharyngeal swab) for 15 seconds and rotating it several times.
The swabbing is then repeated on the other side of the nose to make
sure enough material is collected.