By testing yourself for COVID you pull your weight to eradicate the disease. Unfortunately, however, there are far too many “ifs and buts” when it comes to why it is good to get tested.

Today we will take a look at those questions and concerns you may have, why is it good to get tested, and when should you do it? Keep reading and we will find out.

You may belong to a high-risk category without knowing it.

COVID spreads quickly and ruthlessly, and transmission can occur in many different ways. A common thought is that you are not at risk and therefore do not need to be tested, but this is certainly not true.

In addition to that, your loved ones might belong to a risk group, you might as well, without knowing it.

This is the Public Health Agency’s list of identified conditions that pose a higher risk when infected:

  • Organ transplantation
  • Blood cancers, existing and past
  • Neurological diseases leading to impaired respiratory function
  • Obesity (increased risk with an increased degree of obesity)
  • Diabetes (lower risk if well treated)
  • Current cancer treatment
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Stroke/dementia
  • Other immunosuppressive disease or treatment
  • Liver disease
  • Impaired renal function
  • Cardiovascular disease including hypertension
  • Down’s syndrome

Many of the conditions on the list may go undetected and cause severe complications if they are contracted. That is why it is a good idea to get tested and get the right help before it is too late.

You can be infected, without symptoms

It is not uncommon to test positive for COVID without having any symptoms. The problem is that the disease spreads unnoticed.

Although the risk of further infection is reduced when you are ill without symptoms, there is a high risk that you will spread the disease to someone close to you, and maybe one of them belong to a risk group?

If you get tested regularly, you will by certain know whether you are infected or not and can take preventive measures to prevent any further spread.

It helps the government to adapt to the disease.

When you get tested, whether you get a positive or negative result, you are anonymously logged in the statistics. And it is the statistics that the government relies on when they introduce new regulations and restrictions.

If you do not test yourself but still get sick, you do not exist in the statistics. If there then are more like-minded people, there is no opportunity for society to take timely action.

The problem then becomes obvious, the infection escalates and more restrictions will be required. For your and everyone’s well-being and survival, you should get tested regularly.

It gives more insight into how pandemics work.

Earlier in human history, we were not able to collect tests and data in the same way we now can, this makes testing important as it adds more information on how diseases spread.

COVID is contagious, unpleasant and in some cases, deadly. The world needs to collect data to better understand how COVID is spread, who is at risk, and how to best treat it. Both for the current pandemic, and possible future pandemics.

Why is it good to get tested with an antibody test?

If you have been sick with COVID or just suspect so, it is good for you to get an antibody test.

It is common for people to feel reassured after they have recovered, but it is not guaranteed that your body has developed antibodies against COVID. That is why it is important to get tested, to know for sure if you are protected or not.

Antibodies are not a guaranteed protection against further infection. However, it has been shown that people with antibodies have more protection against becoming seriously ill with COVID, and this protection lasts up to 6 months after the test has been taken. A positive test for antibodies also means that your risk of infecting others is reduced.

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