What Is SARS-CoV-2?

What Is SARS-CoV-2?

We first learned of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last months of 2019. First detected in Wuhan, China, this novel coronavirus may have originated in animals, most likely bats. Today, it’s become a cause for concern for people around the world.

The highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus causes the disease COVID-19. COVID-19 can be severe and may lead to death or lasting health issues in those who survive. 

Some people display common COVID-19 symptoms after becoming infected, while others who are infected remain asymptomatic but can still spread the disease.

You can learn more about your COVID-19 infection status with GatherWell COVID Testing. Our expert team provides on-site testing and laboratory services from locations in Ham Lake, Otsego, and Edina, Minnesota.

Where did SARS-CoV-2 come from?

The World Health Organization first learned of SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19, in late December 2019. The virus quickly spread, leading to a worldwide pandemic that still continues today.

The virus that causes COVID-19 most likely crossed over to humans from an animal, most likely a mammal like bats. Other coronaviruses are known to affect animals and humans alike.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus’ designation stands for “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.” This virus is similar in some ways to earlier detected SARS viruses. Most people start to see symptoms within 14 days of getting an infection.

Containing COVID-19

COVID-19 spreads from person to person. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is highly infectious, especially virus variants like the Delta variant, which is circulating widely in 2021. COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and smaller aerosolized liquid particles.

You can prevent COVID-19 spread and protect your own health and safety by getting vaccinated against this condition. The US FDA has authorized several safe and effective vaccines that can significantly decrease your risk of getting or transmitting COVID-19. Vaccines also lessen your risk of hospitalization or death if you contract a breakthrough case after vaccination.

Additionally, take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Wear masks in accordance with local recommendations. Socially distancing, avoiding crowds indoors, and paying attention to hand-washing can all also help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing provides you with the information you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its effects. At GatherWell COVID Testing, we offer multiple types of laboratory tests for COVID-19, including PCR testing and antibody testing to detect past cases of COVID-19.

Get tested for COVID-19 if you’re experiencing potential symptoms, including:

You should also get tested if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

COVID-19 shares symptoms with common seasonal illnesses like colds and the flu. Testing is your best bet for getting the accurate, up-to-date information you need to know how to proceed.

If you do test positive for COVID-19, isolate yourself from others. Medical treatments may be more effective if taken early, so detecting your case also gives you the time you need to get medical care.

For individual drive-up testing by appointment, mobile lab test services, and on-site bulk testing for groups and events, get in touch with GatherWell COVID Testing now. Schedule online or call to book.

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