There are two main reasons why you should be tested.
- To diagnose you individually and to work out how far the virus has spread. Having this second piece of information could not only help the health service plan for extra demand on their services, including on intensive care units, but help businesses to understand if their workforce is free of the virus and therefore not infected or infectious to others.
- Testing can inform the Government’s decisions around social distancing measures. For example, if large numbers of people were found to have already been infected, then a lockdown might become less necessary. Not testing more widely could mean that many people are self-isolating for no reason, including essential workers.
Protect your love ones
The Director for the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warns as many as 25 percent of people infected with the coronavirus may not show symptoms. This helps to explain how speedily the virus can spread through entire communities.
Projections of the number of people the novel coronavirus could infect, and how many it may ultimately kill, change by the day.
What Scientists know from the data available
According to researchers at the Imperial College of London, one vital point that scientists predict, based on coronavirus statistics to date is that, “without efforts to contain the virus, the average number of people that one person with coronavirus can infect is around 2.4.
This makes testing so important in determining whether you should be isolating yourself rather than risking other’s lives.