Helpline: 9166-125-555

Mandatory Documents for COVID-19 Testing

A valid prescription for COVID-19 test by a doctor

A valid government Photo Id

Duly filled clinical information form

Doctor

We maintain the highest safety standards for your safety!

Measures taken by us
  • Our entire staff strictly adhere to safety guidelines
  • As COVID-19 is a swab based test, our Phlebotomists are trained and equipped for safe and hygienic sample collection
  • Our Phlebotomists wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as N-95 mask, Goggles, Shoe Cover etc. so that they are protected from getting infected
  • Our quality team and experts regularly monitors quality standards to ensure a constant maintenance of safety standards

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Know more about the symptoms and causes of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in human and animals. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The most recently discovered coronavirus called as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) causes coronavirus disease Coronavirus (COVID-19) from which the world is suffering right now. The symptoms of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) can range from a mild cold to flu like symptoms to moderate and severe upper-respiratory infections.

How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads?

  • Currently Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading from person to person.
  • The infection spreads through breathing in small droplets from the nose or mouth of the infected person when he/ she coughs or exhales.
  • One may also get infected when these droplets land on surfaces and objects and when you touch infected surfaces and objects, the infection is spread to you.
  • That is why it is important to avoid touching your face – this greatly increases the chance of infection.

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in infected patients

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus affects different people in different ways. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease and most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms and recover without requiring special treatment. People who have underlying medical conditions and those over 60 years old have a higher risk of developing severe disease and death.

Common symptoms

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough

Other symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Aches and pains
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Runny nose

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate and contact their medical provider or a Coronavirus (COVID-19) information line for advice on testing and referral.
People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention

(Do’s & Don’t) Prevention Measures to be taken

To prevent infection and to slow transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19), do the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Maintain at least 1 meter distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.

  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.

  • Avoid touching your face.

Below are some basic precautions that everyone should follow for good health:

  • If you are sick, make sure you stay at home or consult with your doctor.

  • Avoid handshakes with anyone. Use gestures like waving, saying namaste etc.

  • To switch on the light switches or elevator buttons, use your knuckle for minimum contact.

  • Avoid grasping the door handles of bathrooms and commercial doors unless necessary. Try to open doors with fists or by using your hips.

  • Use gloves when you are buying something.

  • At the entrance of your home and car, keep a bottle of sanitizer handy.

  • Try using disinfectant wipes when touching door handles in stores, grocery carts etc.

  • Regularly wash your hands using soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with over 60% alcohol content when you cannot wash your hands. Make sure you keep your hands clean and dry after washing.

  • Always cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard it immediately. Cough or sneeze into your elbow if you don’t have tissues but keep in mind that infected viruses contained on the clothing around your elbow can be passed on for up to a week or more.

  • Sanitize and disinfect your mobile phones, light switches and other things you frequently contact or touch..

Follow reliable authorities like WHO or the CDC on guidelines about wearing masks. As per CDC, people showing Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should wear masks to protect others from being infected. The CDC doesn’t recommend people who are well to wear facemasks to protect themselves from Coronavirus (COVID-19) or other respiratory diseases.

Ensure your and your loved one’s safety during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please see the below guidelines and this applies to you if you fall under the following parameters:

  • Recently visited a country that has an outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • If you have come in close contact with a person that has travelled recently
  • f any of your family members have recently travelled to a country that has an outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • If you have been advised Home Quarantine by the government authorities
  • If you have symptoms that resemble Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Terms & Conditions: The criteria for testing are being continuously reviewed and revised by the government and are subject to change.

For patients who fall under the above parameters, we ensure that your safety is fully ensured whilst you get all your blood tests and diagnosis done. All your samples will be collected by our phlebotomists who are well equipped with protective equipment. We will follow the guidelines laid down by ICMR and the Ministry of Health. This is an extremely important precaution and we sincerely request all our patients to take these measures. Please call us on this number for any queries: 9166125555

Frequently Asked Questions

According to the guidelines, if you develop any acute onset of fever and symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough or shortness of breath, you should visit your nearest health facility. Your doctor will decide if you need to be tested for Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), depending upon your condition, history of travel to the affected countries or contact with any suspected patients.

  • All indicative individuals who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days: They should be tested only if they become symptomatic (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing).
  • All family members living with a confirmed case should be home quarantined.
  • All indicative contacts of laboratory confirmed cases.
  • All indicative health care workers.
  • All indicative patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (fever & cough and/or shortness of breath).
  • An indicative direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact.
  • Direct and high-risk contact include those who live in the same household with a confirmed case and healthcare workers who have examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO recommendations.

You need to submit the following three documents which are mandated by the Government of India. Without these documents, the testing for 2019-Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is not allowed.

  • Only referring Doctor's signed prescription.
  • Government Photo ID proof (Aadhaar card/ Voter Id/ Driving license/Passport) to validate/ record the current address and contact details of the suspected patient is a must.
  • Duly filled Clinical Information Form. Click here to download Clinical Information form.

According to the ICMR guidelines (20-03-20), indicative direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact. Direct and high-risk contacts include those who live in the same place with a confirmed case and healthcare workers who have examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO recommendations. To get tested, your family members need to be referred by a doctor and must have a valid prescription with them.

You can book the COVID–19 test by visiting our website www.blallab.com and providing us your details by filling up a small form. Our health care experts will immediately contact you to confirm the availability of a valid doctor’s prescription and validate according to the details needed. For further details, call us at +91 9166-125-555.

The Govt of India & MOHFW has mandated the cost to be Rs 4500. To prevent the transmission of infection, we are only accepting Epayments (via the Website, Paytm, NEFT/bank transfer). Your receipt will be mailed to you on your email along with the reports.

Currently RT-PCR is the recommended method for testing the 2019 – Novel Coronavirus. For sample collection Nasal and Throat swab will be collected by taking due precaution.

No. Your safety and comfort is our sheer priority. For this, you need to book the test online by visiting our website www.blallab.com. Our health care experts will immediately contact you to confirm the availability of a valid doctor’s prescription and validate according to the details needed. For further details, call us at +91 9166-125-555.

Our Phlebotomists are well trained to follow all safety protocols required for COVID–19 sample collection. Before getting inside your place, they will wear Disposable (single use) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - which comprises of a long-sleeved fluid repellent disposable gown, gloves, N95 mask, goggles, hair cover and shoe cover. After that once the sample is collected, they will safely remove and dispose all personal protective equipment worn during sample collection.

The samples are collected in a viral transport medium (VTM) to maintain the stability. These are further transported in a cold chain and will be provided to our central laboratory.

According to the set protocol of Government norms and to help them in maintaining the COVID-19 patient data, we will share all the patient reports with the defined government bodies through an online portal created by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

After your sample reaches our central lab, we will share the report with you within a timeframe of 24 hours. This will also be subject to the Rules and Regulations as stated by the Government.*

After we register your sample in our system, you will receive a login ID and password through SMS. You can access your report by visiting our website www.blallab.com and login with this ID and password. In case you find any difficulty in retrieving your report, you may reach out to us at 9166125555 according to set working hours from 7:30 A.M.

You are advised to visit your referring Doctor with the report for the final step of interpretation.