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Metropolis has been approved by the Government of India to test and collect samples of COVID-19 under ICMR Approved COVID-19 testing registration no. Metro001.

Home Sample Collection can happen ONLY if prescribed by a qualified physician for COVID-19 test in Mumbai and Pune, which is a swab based test. We offer safe and hygienic sample collection at home by our trained technicians. Get accurate and quick reports done at cost in *48 hours. (*T&C apply)

To book a home visit for COVID-19 testing, Call 8422-801-801.

Metropolis stands with you during this crisis. We care for you.

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CORONAVIRUS
Know more about the causes and symptoms of CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)



What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a common group of viruses; while some coronaviruses affect only animals, a few others can also affect humans. It is very likely that all of us have been infected by coronavirus at some point in our life. The symptoms of a coronavirus can range from a mild cold to flu like symptoms to moderate and severe upper-respiratory infections. The SARS epidemic (severe acute respiratory syndrome) was also caused by coronavirus. Coronavirus is also known to affect the gut and hence some patients may suffer from diarrhoea.

The current situation is caused by COVID 19.

Coronavirus infections typically spike up during winter months as the virus can thrive in cold temperatures. So, people typically suffer from cold due to coronavirus in the months that are cold. The immunity is short lived and so we fall prey to cold and flu again.

How does COVID - 19 spread?

  • Currently COVID – 19 is spreading from people to people
  • The infection spreads through small droplets from the nose or mouth from the infected person when he/ she coughs or exhales
  • One may directly get infected from this or may also get infected when these droplets land on surfaces and objects.
  • When you touch infected surfaces and objects, the infection is spread to you
  • That is why it is important to avoid touching your face – this greatly increases the chance of infection.
People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. Therefore, it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
Symptoms of Coronavirus / COVID 19 infection

Fever

Sneezing & Coughing

Shortness of Breath

Sore Throat

Headache

Precautions Against COVID-19 or Coronavirus infection

No Hand
Shaking

Avoid Touching
Door Knobs

Use
Paper Towel

Proper
Hand-washing

Cover when
Coughing/Sneezing

Use
Disinfecting Wipes

Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?

COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.

How to Diagnose Coronavirus Infection

In perfectly healthy individuals the coronavirus infection may go away with minor symptoms. Coronavirus can be tested with a nasal swab or a blood test.

Currently the testing for Coronavirus is undertaken by select government institutions including the AIIMS and National Institute of Virology, Pune

What are the treatments for coronavirus infections?

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19. Medical care can help to relieve the symptoms. Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not travelled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low.

However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions.

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

People with no respiratory symptoms, such as cough, do not need to wear a medical mask. WHO recommends the use of masks for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and for those caring for individuals who have symptoms, such as cough and fever. The use of masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone (at home or in a health care facility).

People who are infected with COVID 19 or have flu like symptoms should wear a mask so that they do not spread the infection. Masks help in keeping the droplets in but does not help in keeping the droplets out. That is, if you are healthy and using a mask, you are at more risk to carry an infection than if you are not wearing a mask.

Is there anything that I should not do?

The following measures ARE NOT effective against COVID-2019 and can be harmful:

  • Smoking
  • Taking traditional herbal remedies
  • Wearing multiple masks
  • Taking self-medication such as antibiotics

In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your healthcare provider.

Ensure yours and others' safety during COVID-19

Please see the below guidelines and this applies to you if you fall under the following parameters

  • Recently visited a country that has an outbreak of COVID 19
  • If you have come in close contact with a person that has travelled recently
  • If any of your family members have recently travelled to a country that has an outbreak of COVID 19
  • If you have been advised Home Quarantine by the government authorities
  • If you have symptoms that resemble COVID 19

For patients who fall under the above parameters, we will serve you at home and ensure that your safety is fully ensured whilst you get all your blood tests and diagnosis done. All your samples will be collected by our phlebotomists who are well equipped with protective equipment. We will follow the guidelines laid down by ICMR and the Ministry of Health.

This is an extremely important precaution and we sincerely request all our patients to take these measures. Please call us on this number for any queries: 8422 801 801



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