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Before we jump to the topic of How to Save Tax with Suraksha Health Checkup Packages Under Section 80D, first, we need to understand what is Section 80D and the Suraksha health package.

What is Section 80D?

Section 80D of the IT Act provides income tax deductions related to the medical insurance premium paid for you and your family members. You can claim a tax deduction for the health insurance premium paid for yourself, your parents, your children, and your spouse. 

What is the Suraksha Health Package?

Health packages are nothing but kind of diagnostic tests important for mapping the quality of one’s latest physical condition. Health packages are a great way to ensure a healthy mind and healthy body.

Various hospitals and diagnostic centers offered a variety of health packages according to your requirements. Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory is providing the best preventive health packages like  Basic Suraksha Package, Vitamin Suraksha Package, Cardiac Suraksha Package, Complete Suraksha Package, Diabetes Suraksha Package, and Diabetes Suraksha Subscription. 

Now come to the topic of how to save tax with Suraksha health packages under section 80D. 

Let’s understand it step by step.

How to Save Tax with Suraksha Health Packages?

Many of us know that  Health Insurance premiums can be claimed for tax deduction under Sec.80D. But the majority of us don’t know that Suraksha Health Check-Up cost can also be claimed under the same Sec.80D. 

Now you can save tax by investing in your health with our Suraksha health packages. A taxpayer can Claim a Deduction of upto Rs 5000/- as a Preventive Health Check Up in Income Tax. 

It is not necessary that the preventive health check-up should be performed for the taxpayer only. Deduction for preventive health check-up is accessible even when the check-up is conducted for the spouse, dependent children, and parents of the taxpayer.

Who can Claim Deduction for Suraksha Health Check-up Under Section 80D?

Any individual or HUF (Hindu Undivided Family) can claim deduction in case of money spent on health check-ups for:

  • Self
  • Dependent children
  • Spouse
  • Parents (both non-dependent and dependent)

In the case of a Hindu Undivided Family, it is the HUF member who has to make the claim.

How Much Tax You Can Save?

The maximum amount that you can save for preventive health check-ups including that of family members is Rs.5,000. 

Let’s understand it with some example

ScenarioMedical InsuranceHealth CheckupTax Deduction
Scenario 115000500015000+5000=20000
Scenario 220000500020000+5000=25000
Scenario 324000500024000+1000=25000
Scenario 4Nil5000Nil+5000=5000
ScenarioIndependent ParentMedical InsuranceHealth CheckupTax Deduction
Self, wife, children, dependent parent          –20000500020000+5000= 25000
Self, wife, children, dependent motherIndependent Father(above 60 years)15000+20000(Father insurance)=3500010000+7000(Father health checkup)=1700015000+20000+5000=5000= 45000

Key Points to Remember

  • It is important to remember that one must keep the documented proof such as doctor’s prescription, receipt of medical tests undergone, and other documented proof in case the income tax department asks for proof. 
  • Payment for preventive health check-ups can be done in cash as well.

Conclusion

Now we all know why Suraksha health packages are important for health and tax savings. Do not compromise with your health anyhow. It is not just to save your tax but also very important for your health. 

Today with the increase in the number of diseases, lifestyle habits, and stress, preventive health packages become more important in life. People now become more aware and conscious about their health and they are taking medical advice on how to stay healthy. 

Doctors are advising patients to get regular health checkups to stay healthy. It is very important to know the importance of regular complete health checkup. Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory is providing Complete Suraksha Package in Rajasthan to its patients.  

There are various advantages of Complete Suraksha Package include

Reduced Medical Costs

Many hospitals and diagnostic companies offer deals and packages which provide full body checkup at a reduced price compared to checkup performed once you need. 

Catch Critical Illness Early

Multiple illnesses, such as prostate cancer, high cholesterol, and hypertension show very few symptoms. If we ignore these, they can lead to being serious complications, such as stroke or heart attack. 

Complete Suraksha Package closely monitors the health statistics and take preventive action, immediately in case of discrepancies. It helps to reduce the risk of heart attack, heart problem kidney failure, etc.

It Helps Get Timely Treatment

Complete Suraksha Package help to timely treatment some problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. can be easily controlled with proper and timely medical screenings. 

Minimize Stress Issues

Stress contributes to many health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. These can be avoided provided full body checkups are taken which helps to keep vitals and necessary health indicators in check.

Tests That Include in Your Complete Suraksha Package

Complete Blood Counts(CBC) Test 

A complete blood count is a blood test used to measure your overall health and disclose a wide range of disorders, including anemia, infection, and leukemia. 

There are various reasons to do a CBC test 

  • To review your overall health
  • To diagnose a medical condition
  • To monitor a medical condition
  • To monitor medical treatment

Lipid Profile Test

A lipid profile (or lipid panel) is a blood test that measures the concentrations of fats and cholesterol in the blood and can be used to determine so-called ‘good cholesterol’ versus ‘bad cholesterol’ levels.

Parameter we check in this test are

  • Total cholesterol
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL cholesterol)
  • High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL cholesterol)
  • Triglycerides

Liver Function Test

Liver function tests (LFTs) are a series of blood tests that can help you determine the health of the liver. They help diagnose inflammation or any other damage to the liver by observing the levels of proteins or enzymes in your blood.

Parameter we check in this test are

  • SGOT
  • SGPT
  • Alkaline Phosphatase
  • Bilirubin
  • GGT
  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • A/G ratio

Kidney Function Test

Kidney function tests are simple approaches that use either the blood or urine to help recognize issues in the kidneys.

Parameter we check in this test are

  • Blood Urea Nitrogen(BUN)
  • Creatinine
  • Uric Acid
  • Electrolyte – Sodium
  • Chloride
  • Potassium

Vitamin B12

A vitamin B-12 level test measures the number of vitamin B-12 in the blood or urine to gauge the body’s total vitamin B-12 stores. Vitamin B-12 is crucial for several bodily processes, including nerve functioning and the production of DNA and red blood cells.

Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and maintain strong bones throughout your entire life. It can help them figure out whether too much or too little vitamin D is causing bone weakness or other abnormalities.

Blood Sugar Test

A blood sugar test is a procedure that figures out the amount of sugar, or glucose, in your blood. Your doctor may call for a blood sugar test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. The test will measure the volume of glucose in your blood.

HbA1c Test

A hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test measures the amount of blood sugar (glucose) added to hemoglobin. If your HbA1c levels are high, it may be a sign of diabetes, a chronic illness that can cause serious health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage.

ESR Test

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate measures levels of inflammation in the body.

Calcium Test

A calcium blood test figures out the amount of calcium in your blood.

Conclusion

Now we all understand the importance of health and Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory is serving its patients for 30 years in diagnostic services. So Book Your full body checkup and get the health benefit. 

To jump on today topic of how Suraksha health packages are different from regular preventive health packages, first, we need to understand why health packages are important.

We all heard this line “Prevention is better than cure” but we did not take it seriously. The intent of this line is very deep. We all know that we are living in a toxic environment where the lifespan is reducing and the number of diseases increasing. That is why we need regular health checkups to track our health.

We become so busy in life that we don’t have time for physical activities. Thіѕ іѕ аffесtіng us today wіth hеаrt dіѕеаѕеѕ, cancers, mental dіѕturbаnсеѕ, diabetes, and ѕеvеrаl hormonal іmbаlаnсеѕ. All of thіѕ саn bе prevented bу рlаnnіng and еxесutіng a health checkup tо рrеvеnt the dіѕеаѕе from spreading.

Exterminating a disease in the earliest stages is very simple and easy. However, as the disease continues, it becomes more difficult for the patient to battle the medical condition and sometimes, despite the finest treatment, impossible. 

Even if you believe that you are at the peak of your health, there may be certain signs and symptoms which are not noticeable but may cause serious illnesses if not treated. Early spotting, those diseases can be prevented, or cured with minimum medication, along with certain changes in one’s lifestyle.

Let’s come to the topic of how Suraksha health packages are different from regular preventive health packages.

Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory is offering Suraksha health packages to its patients which are different from preventive health packages. Let’s check out all Suraksha health packages one by one.

Basic Suraksha Package

In this health package, we are offering diagnostic tests like Complete Blood Counts (20 Parameters), ESR, Blood Sugar (F), Lipid Profile (Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglyceride), Liver Function Test (SGOT, SGPT, Alkaline Phosphatase, Bilirubin, GGT, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, and A/G ratio), Kidney Function Test (BUN, Creatinine, Uric Acid, Electrolyte – Sodium, Chloride, Potassium), TSH, Urine Complete Examination (36 Parameters).

But the things that make this health package different from regular preventive health packages are

  • FREE Home Sample Collection
  • FREE BP & BMI Checkup
  • FREE Diet & Report Consultation 
  • 10% OFF on Other Tests
  • 25% OFF on Weight Loss Packages
  • 10% OFF on OTC, FMCG Products & Medicines from Dr. B. Lal Pharmacy

Complete Suraksha Package

In this health package, we are offering diagnostic tests like Complete Blood Counts (20 Parameters), ESR, Blood Sugar (F), HbA1c, Lipid Profile (Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglyceride), Liver Function Test (SGOT, SGPT, Alkaline Phosphatase, Bilirubin, GGT, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, and A/G ratio), Kidney Function Test (BUN, Creatinine, Uric Acid, Electrolyte – Sodium, Chloride, Potassium), FT3, FT4, TSH, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy, Calcium, Phosphorus, Urine Complete Examination (36 Parameters).

But the things that make this health package different from regular preventive health packages are

  • FREE Home Sample Collection
  • FREE BP & BMI Checkup
  • FREE Diet & Report Consultation 
  • 10% OFF on Other Tests
  • 25% OFF on Weight Loss Packages
  • 10% OFF on OTC, FMCG Products & Medicines from Dr. B. Lal Pharmacy

Diabetes Suraksha Packages

In this health package, we are offering diagnostic tests like Complete Blood Counts (20 Parameters), ESR, Blood Sugar (F), HbA1c, Microalbumin, Urea, Creatinine, Lipid Profile (Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglyceride), SGOT, SGPT, Urine Complete Examination (36 Parameters), ECG.

But the things that make this health package different from regular preventive health packages are

  • FREE Home Sample Collection
  • FREE BP & BMI Checkup
  • FREE Diet & Report Consultation 
  • 10% OFF on Other Tests
  • 25% OFF on Weight Loss Packages
  • 10% OFF on OTC, FMCG Products & Medicines from Dr. B. Lal Pharmacy

Cardiac Suraksha Package

In this health package, we are offering diagnostic tests like Complete Blood Counts (20 Parameters), ESR, Blood Sugar (F), HbA1c, Lipid Profile (Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglyceride), SGOT, SGPT, Urea, Creatinine, TSH, Urine Complete Examination (36 Parameters), ECG, Digital X-Ray (Chest).

But the things that make this health package different from regular preventive health packages are

  • FREE Home Sample Collection
  • FREE BP & BMI Checkup
  • FREE Diet & Report Consultation 
  • 10% OFF on Other Tests
  • 25% OFF on Weight Loss Packages
  • 10% OFF on OTC, FMCG Products & Medicines from Dr. B. Lal Pharmacy

Vitamin Suraksha Package

In this health package, we are offering diagnostic tests like Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Phosphorus.

But the things that make this health package different from regular preventive health packages are

  • FREE Home Sample Collection
  • FREE BP & BMI Checkup
  • FREE Diet & Report Consultation 
  • 10% OFF on Other Tests
  • 25% OFF on Weight Loss Packages
  • 10% OFF on OTC, FMCG Products & Medicines from Dr. B. Lal Pharmacy

Diabetes Suraksha Subscription (1 Year Plan)

This is a very popular and special health package of Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory. This health package is different from Diabetes Suraksha Package. This package is for 1 year and you will receive an extra benefit and saving for 1 year.

Benefits are

  • 4 HbA1c test
  • 4 Blood Sugar test
  • 4 Diabetes Management Consultation
  • 4 Sample Collection & Medicine Delivery
  • 10% Off on All Other Tests
  • 15% Off on Medicines and Selected OTC and FMCG Products
  • 25% Off on Diet and Weight Management Packages

Conclusion

If you book Suraksha health packages of Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory then you will not get only preventive health packages but extra benefits on sample collection, other tests, dietician consultation, extra off on weight loss packages, and discounts on pharmacy products also.

Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory Pvt. Ltd. was established in 1991 with the motive of Serves Best, Serves All, and from that day we are working uninterrupted to provide Pathological and Diagnostic solutions that Include the best infrastructural and technological evolution in the world of the health sector. 

The motto to start the Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory was to provide the best quality healthcare services to the customer with uncompromised trust. And now we have completed 30 years in this sector and that shows that we are working in the right way with the pure intention.

Let’s check out how we become the frontrunner in diagnostic services in Rajasthan

Customer First

Customer satisfaction is the core value of Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory and we are working on it for the last 30 years. The concept of “CUSTOMER FIRST” is when customers come to Dr. B. Lal Labs we deliver them a wow experience and this is the main success reason that makes us the best diagnostic brand in Rajasthan

Accountability

Accountability is absolutely vital to your company’s success. In most organizations, employees don’t even understand what their organization is trying to accomplish so they can align themselves with that goal. But in Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory every person knows their own work. 

We encourage the practice of taking efforts at every level and across the whole organization for taking personal responsibility for every procedure. When an employee knows their work and take the responsibility for their work, that organization become successful and this made us a frontrunner in the diagnostic services in Rajasthan

Respect & Trust

Every patient is important to us and we treat everyone with respect and dignity. We do not differentiate between them and that is the mantra of success. 

Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory started his journey to provide quality diagnostic services to his customer and never changed the path to compromise from the quality of service and that’s become part of the trust. 

We have done what we have promised and won’t break our promise. 

Excellence 

For most organizations quantity matters but for us quality matters. We have ensured the highest quality of our work from the beginning to the end and strive to the best in everything we do for our patients.

Technology

Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory has always been in the Integration and application of new and advanced technologies in the field of pathology. 

No matter how much you care about patients, provide quality service but if you don’t go with the latest technology, then you can not succeed. Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory is never behind in terms of technology. 

We have all the latest technology that uses in diagnostic services like RT-PCR, i1000, automated urine analyzer, automated electrolyte analyzer, BA400, immunocap technology, architect ci 8200, MDR testing. 

Conclusion

Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory did not become the best diagnostic brand in Rajasthan overnight.  We are working for 30 years with one objective to provide the best healthcare services to customers. And we will not stop until we will not become the frontrunner in diagnostic services in India. 

When the world was waiting to celebrate the new year with new hopes and resolutions, suddenly something happened and everything changed. When the coronavirus entered the world no one knew how long it would last and how deadly it is. We have faced something that never happened in our entire life. 

All the world faced lockdown, honestly, that was horrible like something big was happening. We all were getting the information from news and social media that what is happening in other countries and we all were afraid. 

But now slowly things are changing, and we all know that vaccination of covid19 has started in some countries, and India is one of them. The Government of India has approved two vaccines, The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and Covaxin.

But we all have some questions in our minds: Who will get the vaccine first? How does one register for it? Lets discussed all one by one

Who will get the vaccine first?

1. Healthcare Workers: Public and Private

According to the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC), health workers which are working in both Govt. and private hospitals will get the vaccine first. These health workers are doctors, nurses, medical officers, paramedics, and other staff included with the medical students. 

2. Frontline and Municipal Workers

Central and state department workers like the police departments, armed forces, prisoner staff, civil defense, revenue officials, and municipal workers will get vaccines after healthcare workers. 

3. Population Above 50 years of age

This category is divided into two categories.

  1. Above 60
  2. 50-60 years of age.

4. Areas with High Covid Infection

Areas, where the COVID-19 infection prevalence is high, can get the covid19 vaccines earlier. 

5. Rest Population

The remaining population will get the covid19 vaccine after priority lists are done. 

How does one register for Covid19 Vaccine?

First, you need to know that for covid19 registration you have to download the CoWIN app. But currently, CoWIN app functionality is not complete yet and it is in the pre-product stage. 

Once the CoWIN app functionality is done, you have to register on this app, and once the registration is completed you will get an SMS regarding the date, venue, and time of vaccination. You have to upload some Govt. document at the time of registration on a CoWin app like an Adhar card, Voter ID card.

Can We Get Covid-19 Vaccine Without Registration?

The answer is no, You have to register yourself for the Vaccination, and then you will get the date, venue, and time of vaccination. 

Is it free?

The covid-19 vaccine will be free of cost across all the country, said the Union Health Minister of India Harsh Vardhan. 

Is It Mandatory To Take The Covid-19 Vaccine?

According to the Union Health Ministry, getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will be voluntary in the country.  

Conclusion

Covid-19 is the major health problem for the world and experts in the medical field and other fields are working everyday to develop vaccines and reduce the effect of covid19. 

Now we all understand the value of health so do a health checkup every year to track your health.

The heart is the most important organ of the human body which should be kept in an optimum condition to lead a healthy life and live to the fullest. Often heart health is ignored or not given much attention as heart diseases take a longer time to show symptoms.

Today cardiac issues are a common cause of death among the population of all age groups. So, it becomes essential that we be aware of the factors which affect our heart health 

Heart health is affected by many factors. Let’s see what those are:

  1. Age – Growing age affects the health of your heart. With age risk of getting heart diseases increases. 
  2. Sex- Some studies show that some heart risks are greater in men than in women. Women are more immune to heart risks due to estrogen but diabetes projects higher risks of heart diseases in women.
  3. Ethnicity- People of some particular group have higher risks of heart disease than others. South Asians have higher risks of heart diseases than East Asians.
  4. Family History- If there is a history of heart diseases in the family then other members have a higher risk of heart diseases.

Tips to lower the risk of heart diseases-

Lifestyle is a very important aspect in overall health as it is our day to day activities, how we eat, function, and way of living which affects the whole body not only health. 

So let’s look at what we can do to keep the risk of heart diseases at bay:

  1. Blood pressure regulation

The most crucial element of heart health blood pressure. Irregular blood pressure can be the cause of strain on the heart and also result in heart stroke. If you have blood pressure issues make sure to consult a doctor.

  • Cholesterol control-

Cholesterol can form fat globules and block the arteries which can result in a heart attack. It is one of the most common causes of a heart attack. The best way to control cholesterol is to reduce the intake of unsaturated fats in the diet and increase fibrous food and, healthy fats.

  • Healthy diet- 

A healthy diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, protein-rich fruits is essential to maintain a healthy body and a healthy heart. Excess intake of sugar and salt should also be avoided. Omega 3 rich sources should be taken.

  • Maintain weight according to BMI-

Excessively obese people are at the highest risk of heart diseases and stroke. Excess weight causes a strain on breathing and a restricted supply of oxygen, artery blockage, high triglyceride levels, etc. a weight near to your BMI index can help you maintain a healthy heart.

  • Exercising 

A minimum of 30 minutes of walking every day can lower your risk of heart diseases by 30%. Any type of physical activity will keep you fit and active. 

  • Limit alcohol and smoking-

It all comes to lifestyle. Excessive alcohol and smoking are poisonous for your heart which affects slowly and it’s too late when the damage is done. So monitoring your habits is important.  

  • Regular health and heart check-up

It is important to get a regular check-up of your heart health so, you know if you need to make changes in your habits or not. Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory has full body and cardiac check-ups which can be taken to analyze the condition of your heart health.

In regards to recent times, we must be very well informed about the flu its symptoms, and its type so we can take better care and go for appropriate treatment.

Seasonal flu has already knocked on our doors and has affected many people. Pandemic flu and seasonal flu are very common nowadays and can show very similar symptoms which can mislead people.

Pandemic Flu (COVID-19) and Seasonal Flu-

Pandemic flu is an outbreak of a new flu virus which is different from all currently known flu viruses.

Seasonal flu or Influenza is a respiratory illness caused by flu viruses A and B that infects the respiratory tract of humans.

The occurrence of pandemic flu (COVID-19) and seasonal flu

Pandemic flu is rare. Humankind has experienced 4 kinds of pandemic flu in the last 100 years.

Every year we experience seasonal flu epidemics. Fall, winter pandemics are the most common time for the seasonal flu epidemic.

The spread of COVID-19, the pandemic flu, and seasonal flu

Spreading of both seasonal and pandemic flu happens more or less in the same way via contact, air, cough, and sneeze, etc. Although a pandemic flu infects large masses because very few have immunity against the pandemic virus. Pandemic flu spreads faster and with different infections in individuals. Also because of the completely new genetics of the pandemic flu virus and its ability to mutate a maximum number of people get infected due to a lack of immunity against a foreign virus.

Seasonal flu spread mainly from person to person through shared breathing space, droplets from sneezing and coughing.

Vaccination of the pandemic flu (COVID-19) and seasonal flu

Every year seasonal vaccination are made to provide vaccination against seasonal flu. 6 months infants and everyone older should get a flu vaccine every year. Generally, one dose of vaccine is considered enough.

Vaccination is hardly available in the early stages of pandemic flu even if the medical departments maintain some pre-pandemic flu vaccines.

Treatment of the pandemic flu (COVID-19) and seasonal flu

Medications to treat pandemic flu can range from antivirals, cough treatments, analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, decongestants, and many more. Pandemic flu medications do not meet the requirement despite having emergency stocks ahead.

Who is under the most risk?

Small children, pregnant women, people above 65 years of age or with a long term medical issue are at risk of having complications under seasonal flu. One with serious medical conditions is under the same risk.

It is difficult to predict who would be at most risk of pandemic flu due to its unknown nature. Young healthy adults have been at more risk in past pandemics. A pandemic flu can be volatile and mutative so its potency to affect people can change as well. The current COVID-19 pandemic affects more people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Symptoms of the pandemic flu (COVID-19) and seasonal flu

Early symptoms of both seasonal and pandemic flu are similar which are cough, cold, body ache, fatigue, mild fever. In the case of very prominent and consistent symptoms consult a path-lab for evaluation and proper diagnosis of your condition.

Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory is reliable and approved for diagnosis of pandemic flu and seasonal flu. You can anytime talk to our experts or visit us at our labs for the proper diagnosis of your disease.

In these distressing times of the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have changed completely. New ways of life and habits have become part of the lives of people day in and day out, like regular use of sanitizer, wearing a mask like a second skin, and maintaining social distancing.

Wearing a mask is the most important preventive and safety measure of life under the COVID-19 pandemic. Mask has now become the most essential part of the daily essentials of a person.

But this has given rise to a new problem altogether which needs to be addressed now before this causes a new crisis.

The safe disposal of mask

Yes, this is one of the most disturbing problems coming up now.

We as a responsible citizen and we need to realize that proper knowledge of mask usage and disposal is crucial and should be loudly advertised.

Why should we use a mask?

Let’s see which are the common masks generally used

Cloth mask- Most commonly used by people. They are comparatively less effective because of the lack of proper filtration layering to block germs to enter the nose and mouth. Although, it is preferred more because of its easy availability, affordability, and comfort. It is always better to use at least a cloth mask them not using one at all.

Guidelines

  • People caring for any COVID-19 patients should never use a cloth mask
  • People who work in a crowded place or travel should also avoid a cloth mask.

Layered Surgical Mask- A surgical mask is very effective and disposable. It is a polypropylene mask and can block air particles to a very large extent. It is a loose-fitting mask so the chance of particles from a nearby sneezing or coughing person entering your mouth is high.

Guidelines

  • Not be used by a person caring for COVID patients or working in a hospital or any frontline service.
  • Not be used by a person in contact with sick people.

N95 respirator- Extremely effective and advanced mask. It is not for the regular use of general people. It is made of polypropylene material with a high filtration factor which blocks the smallest of (0.3) of particles. These masks can block out most bacteria and viruses and are of surgical grade. Although, the use of N95 respirator should be judicial.

Guidelines

  • Medical and healthcare workers should use this mask. Especially those workers who are in primary care of patients with respiratory infections, colds and coughs.
  • Someone working in the vicinity of a COVID health facility or around suspected COVID patients should use this mask.
  • Someone working in the medical sampling department or potentially contaminate the environment.

How to dispose of a mask?

One important thing people often forget is that mask is medical waste. A used mask is a house of germs and bacteria and if let exposed can transmit bacteria to its surroundings.

So do not leave your used mask exposed and throw it anywhere in open. Always wash your hands after removing the mask and dispose of the mask in a closed dustbin only.

Also do not reuse a used mask in any condition without washing. Do not use the same mask for a long duration of the mask.

Cloth mask can be reused only after washing it thoroughly with a disinfectant.

Surgical masks should be disposed of after wrapping it in a roll and tied with its string and then put in a polythene bag immediately to dispose of in a dustbin.

N95 mask should be removed only with strings and should be kept in a paper bag between use.

What is a liver function test?

Blood tests are used to measure different enzymes, proteins, and other substances that are produced by the liver. These tests are to ensure the overall health of the liver. A single blood sample is tested for various substances and enzymes to verify if the liver is in good health.

Liver tests are generally to test the following substances

• Albumin is a protein made in the liver.

• ALP (alkaline phosphate) enzyme

• ALT (alanine transaminase) enzyme

• AST (aspartate aminotransferase)

• GGT (gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase) enzyme

• Bilirubin is a waste product disposed of through the liver.

• Lactate dehydrogenase is an important enzyme found in the body cells. 

• Prothrombin is a protein required in the clotting of blood.

These blood tests are done to find the levels of these enzymes in the liver to make sure they are at a healthy level. Distorted levels of these enzymes can be a sign of liver diseases.

Why is it necessary to take a liver test?

The liver is the most important organ in the human body. It is important to get a liver test regularly to keep a check on your liver health. Following are the circumstances under which one should consider taking a liver test.

• Also if you lead a lifestyle that causes damage to your liver.

• If there is a family history of liver diseases.

• In case you consume alcohol regularly, or you react badly to alcohol.

• In case you are taking steroids or performance-enhancing medications.

• If you currently have or had an issue with gallstone.

When do I need a Liver test?

Apart from a regular health check-up, you should consider taking a liver test if you see the following symptoms.

• Jaundice- In this disease skin and eyes turns yellow.

• Nausea and vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Fatigue without reason

• Abdominal pain

• Dark colored stool

• Light-colored stool

• Bleeding in stool

• Hand tremors

• Tendency to bruise easily

What to expect in a Liver test?

A liver test starts with giving a sample of your blood. A blood sample is generally taken from your arm through a minuscule needle. Blood is collected in a vial or test tube and sent for testing.

It is a simple and fast process. 

Now day’s at-home sampling service is also available. Either you can collect your sample on your own by following the instruction or get a sampler to do it for you. You can also receive the result without contact through email.

Dr. B. Lal Labs offer at home minimum contact sampling.

What do results say?

Here results depend on what your doctor is testing you for according to your symptoms. 

Liver damage can indicate:

• Diabetes

• Hepatitis A, B, C

• Liver Cancer

COVID-19 is still raging after 11 months and testing has only been the most effective way to keep in check the rate of increase in the active cases. With time and the increasing need, different types of COVID -19 tests are developed and are used. But the number of tests has also birthed confusion in people about which tests to take?

So, what are the best COVID-19 tests?

Amongst the many types of COVID-19 tests available around, it becomes quite important to know the details of these tests. Because all these covid tests have their advantage and usage and also they differ according to the conditions in which they give the best results.

COVID-19 tests are broadly classified into two groups

Diagnostic tests and Antibody tests

1. Diagnostic tests Test to diagnose current infection in the body

Diagnostic tests are of 2 kinds—Molecular test, Antigen Test

Molecular Test-

Molecular tests are used to find the current infection. Popularly known as the PCR test, nucleic acid test, molecular test, a viral test is used to find if someone is currently infected by the COVID-19 virus.

How the sample is taken– Samples are taken from nasal swabs, saliva, throat, or other fluids of the body.

How does it work? – Test looks for the genetic material in the sample which only comes from the COVID-19 virus. PCR technology is used to amplify and identify genetic material.

How accurate is the molecular test – The test is one of the most accurate but the genetic material starts accumulating in the passages after some time so a very recent infection might not be detected. A nasal swap sample is better to get an accurate result.

Chances of getting a false negative can be from 2% to a maximum of 37% and that of getting a false positive (report says positive but you actually are not infected) is close to zero.

It can take from a day up to a week for the result to come.

In a pooled testing several samples are combined and are run under a molecular test. In case of a negative result, all the individuals are negative whereas in case of a positive result all the individuals need a second test. This is a fast way to get more people tested.

Antigen tests-

Antigen tests are also diagnostic tests and also are performed on a nasal, throat, or saliva swab but instead of looking for genetic material, it looks for protein fragments of the virus.

The reported rate of false-negative results is as high as 50%, which is why antigen tests are not favored by the FDA as a single test for active infection. However, the FDA recently provided emergency use authorization for a more accurate antigen test. Because antigen testing is quicker, less expensive, and requires less complex technology to perform than molecular testing, some experts recommend repeated antigen testing as a reasonable strategy. According to one test manufacturer, the false positive rate of antigen testing is near zero. So, the recent experience of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, who apparently had a false-positive result from an antigen test, is rare.

Antigen tests have higher chances of giving a false negative which accounts for about 50%. Although this test is not favored by the FDA but is still authorized to be used under required circumstances. Because the antigen test is less expensive and gives the results faster. Also, the antigen test doesn’t require any complex technology as compared to the molecular test. That is the reason, the antigen test is done more than once to confirm the reason for illness.

Although in the antigen test, the false positive rate is near to Zero.

This antigen test gives the fastest result in a few minutes.

2. Antibody test- the test to identify any past infection

Antibody tests or serologic tests are done for the detection of any past infection.

How the sample is taken- A blood sample is taken for the result.

How does it work– The test identifies the presence of antibodies produced in the body to fight against the infection. It might not tell about a present infection but it can accurately detect whether a person had an infection in the past or not.

Accuracy of Antibody testThe test is accurate after a keratin time only because the immune system takes time to produce antibodies.

It can up to a few days for the results to come.

Takeaway-

We have come a long way in identifying the newly identifies infection in such a short period. There are many tests in the market by many companies and they are almost accurate enough to identify the COVID-19 infection in the body. Although, the accuracy of any test is not 100% and it cannot even be because accuracy is affected by many factors like samples, the testing process, and the time of testing, handling of the sample.

So, in keeping the risk of false results one should either take professional guidance or monitor their condition to choose the best COVID-19 test for themselves.

Dr. B. Lal Clinical Laboratory gives complete guidance and all testing facilities for COVID-19 tests. Contact us for more information or any query related to COVID-19. Our doctors would do their best to help you.