With more people gaining immunity to the COVID-19 virus via the COVID-19 vaccine, testing has waned. However, there are still thousands of cases reported everyday, and more contagious COVID-19 variants are spreading throughout the country. A COVID-19 test may be necessary in certain situations.
Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Immediately Consider Rapid COVID-19 Testing For Your Family or Business;
(1) Returning to the workplace, post lockdown.
As businesses reopen, employees may in fact be required to take a ‘rapid COVID-19 test’ before returning to work. Employers have recently begun to be proactive in administering COVID-19 tests for all employees by hiring ‘Mobile Care Rapid Covid Testing’ service companies like JhovannaCare. This Barrie based business will come right to the doorstep of a business and provide on-site ‘Antigen’ and ‘Antibody’ testing with results for individuals provided in less than 15 minutes. Because individuals with the virus pose a direct threat to the health of others and the business, the value in detecting the virus in the event of a positive test makes it simple and easy for the employer to send the employee home with sound peace of mind. This new precaution to test employees prior to admittance back into the workplace, can be administered as often as daily, weekly, bi-weekly or even after holidays or long weekends. There is another reason why many people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, which is very effective, it’s the possibility employers may include COVID-19 vaccine status in a “return-to-work” policy.
(2) Undergoing an elective surgical procedure
After a moratorium on elective surgical procedures during the early stages of the pandemic, hospitals are now resuming these procedures, but with precautions in place. If you live in an area with a local or regional presence of COVID-19, you could be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before entering the hospital. If your test is positive, your procedure could be delayed until you have two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. If you live in an area with little or no COVID-19 presence, the surgical facility could require you to take an PCR ‘swab’ test or just be screened for symptoms.
If you are fully vaccinated and need a medical procedure, contact the facility to ask about clearance.
(3) Entering a nursing home
Due to their high and dense population in a small environment, nursing homes quickly became a hot spot for COVID-19 transmission. Now, as nursing homes reopen for new residents, such as those entering for rehabilitation treatment, mandated COVID-19 testing is a part of admission. Health Canada provides guidelines for nursing homes also recommend daily screening for fever and COVID-19 symptoms.
Following a year of shelter-in-place and safer-at-home orders, many people are anxious to travel and take vacations. Others also are resuming travel for work. In some instances, though, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test beforehand. It’s important to check all travel restrictions prior to leaving for any destination to avoid any unwanted surprises (and added expense).
People who are fully vaccinated (defined as one week prior to your second vaccine dose or your single Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose), do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before traveling, unless the destination requires it. Everyone, including Canadian citizens, still needs to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding an international flight to the Canada.
(5) Attending summer camp
Although many summer camps canceled their 2020 camping season, others are moving forward with new safety measures in place for 2021. While some camps have stated they will follow state and CDC guidelines for operation, others have included mandated COVID-19 testing for both employees and campers. This varies widely between camp operators, so check with your child’s specific camp to find out what their guidelines are for the upcoming season.