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What is the difference between screening and testing for Covid-19?

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Screening is done through a questionnaire and a possible temperature check to determine whether someone is experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19.

Those who “screen positive” i.e. display symptoms of Covid-19 might have been infected. If they are over the age of 55 yrs. and / or have comorbidities, they will be tested for Covid-19 and asked to isolate while they await the test results.

If they are under the age of 55 yrs. and / or have no comorbidities, they will be asked to isolate for 14 days.

Should a person “screen negative” they will be allowed to continue with their work.

Testing, on the other hand, refers to a laboratory test done to find out if a person is infected with the virus. Should someone test positive, they will be asked to isolate to avoid infecting others.

Read also: What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

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