Delhi gets a drive-through Covid-19 testing facility

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​Novel testing to detect novel coronavirus
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​Novel testing to detect novel coronavirus

In a novel method to detect the novel coronavirus, a private medical lab has started testing potential patients via a drive-through service. This is to ensure that the potential patient doesn’t have to go to the hospital for being checked, but rather can be tested while in their car itself.

In pic: 1. A laboratory technician (R) from Dr. Dangs Lab demonstrates a coronavirus testing procedure for a drive-through service during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in New Delhi.

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​What’s needed?
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​What’s needed?

According to Dr Arjun Dang, CEO of Dr Dangs Lab, that is offering this service, a potential patient of Covid-19 needs three things before testing can be done. First is a government ID such as Aadhaar card, passport etc, the second is a doctor’s prescription mentioning their registration number and advising a COVID-19 test while the thirdd is a completely filled patient proforma form.

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​Where’s it located?
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​Where’s it located?

The drive-through service is located in Punjabi Bagh (West) central market. Bookings need to be made via the Dangs lab website, and a 20 minute slot will be provided to each car.

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​How much will it cost?
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​How much will it cost?

Testing is offered at a government-mandated price of Rs 4500.

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​The process
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​The process

According to a report by PTI, once the patient arrives in the parking lot of the lab, the staff, equipped with all the safety kits, will collect the sample with the patient sitting in his car itself.

All that the suspected patient has to do is to tilt back his head a bit and open his mouth to enable the paramedic to collect the swab sample from the throat and then another one from nose.

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