What is the RT-PCR test?
The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test is a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-cov-2 by collecting nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab specimens from individuals suspected of COVID-19.
How does it work?
RT-PCR is a laboratory technique involving reverse transcription (RT) of viral RNA into DNA and then this Complementary DNA is amplified by the help of another technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR019. This Covid -19 RT-PCR test is one of the fastest and most accurate laboratory methods for detection of COVID-19.
Why should you prefer the RT-PCR test?
For detecting COVID-19, RT-PCR is considered the gold standard. It is one of the most rapid and accurate laboratory methods for COVID-19 detection. Real-time RT–PCR is a highly sensitive and uses specific technology that can provide a valid diagnosis in three to four hours. Because two tests are done before reporting, the first at the time of screening and the second at the time of reporting, the test results are highly confirmatory.
The deadly covid-19 outbreak which originated from Wuhan City, China caused suffering not only to China and its immediate neighbours but every country around the globe. The Covid-19 virus showed its first case in India in January, 2020.
How did India deal with the first Wave?
The cases of Covid in India started coming up from the month of March, 2020 but the number of cases were very less all over the country. The timely implementation of nation-wide lockdown helped in containing the Covid cases. During that people were scared of the virus and were taking all the necessary precautions even though they had less knowledge about the virus. But as the lockdown policy became liberal, people started going out and became negligent. People could be seen without masks in public.
As a result, the 1st wave of Covid struck India in the month of September, 2020. The cases started rising at a higher rate and the number of deaths also increased.
Vaccines had still not been introduced and people became more aware and cautious. Compared to the rest of the world, India was much better in handling the 1st wave keeping in mind its population. India was praised by the Governments of all the nations for so efficiently handling the dismal situation and conducting testing in a great amount. So we can state that India was effective in dealing with the first wave of covid-19 by using RT-PCR tests at a higher rate.
How did India deal with the 2nd wave?
India started recovering from the 2nd wave and cases started dipping. There also came a time in January and February 2021, where no cases of Covid were reported in many regions of the country. This further indicated that India is recovering and soon everything will be normal. Educational Institutions were opened. Markets, malls and offices also opened and everything was almost back to normal, until India faced the wrath of the new Covid variant and the second wave of Covid in April, 2021. The new Covid variant proved to be deadly, severely affecting our youth.
The vaccination drive had started by then and the health workers and people above the age of 45 were getting vaccinated. The situation became grim and all the happiness floating around the nation 2 months back had turned into gloominess. There was a huge shortage of hospital beds as the Covid cases started rising rapidly. Community spread was quite visible and the positivity rate had also increased. The need for oxygen cylinders, life saving drugs, etc. was a lot more compared to the previous situation. Situation was so tense that India’s condition became worldwide news. India received donations from all over the world to tackle the 2nd wave… The adverseness of the 2nd wave was evident from the shortage of even the cremation grounds in the country.
India, as a nation, had failed to fight Covid in the second wave. The provision for conducting a significant number of RT-PCR tests was insufficient due to a lack of essential equipment such as RT-PCR testing machines, hospital beds, and even medical staff. Because the provisions were not efficient, many independent companies have emerged to provide RT-PCR testing for covid-19 at an affordable price. SpiceHealth has emerged as the fastest growing diagnostic lab in India having conducted more than 2.3 million RT-PCR tests since its launch in Delhi in November 2020. SpiceHealth’s Covid RT-PCR tests in Delhi are the country’s cheapest RT-PCR tests starting from just Rs. 499/-. SpiceHealth uses high quality gear and trained expertise to generate reliable results. Book a test now.
What can we Conclude?
To conclude, we can say that in the 1st phase, India was very successful but in the 2nd phase, we have failed. The current situation is a lot better. Due to the spike in Covid-19 cases ,the need for testing also increased significantly. Thus RT-PCR tests were deployed in a large number. A large amount of the population has been vaccinated and still the nation-wide vaccination process is on. The Covid cases have dipped and there have been days without a single case being reported. But, this time it is expected that people will be a lot more watchful and vigilant and will not show any signs of carelessness like they showed after the end of the 1st wave. With speculation of a 3rd wave in September, 2021, we should be ready and be careful about ourselves and our family. The 3rd wave is expected to be the deadliest of all the three waves. So, it is better that we understand the implications if we are irresponsible towards the future.