Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing- All you Need to Know

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing- All you Need to Know
Coronavirus Testing - All you Need to Know

In this article, we will try to collate the relevant information regarding the testing procedure for Coronavirus which one has to undergo.

It is important to know that these tests are required only when there are symptoms of infection or there has been close contact with people who have travelled to endemic regions with a high rate of infection.

The Indian government has made certain testing sites in each state where the testing for confirmation of the infection takes place. These tests are conducted in specialized certified labs designated by the government.

What should you do?

In case of suspicion of being infected one should wear a face mask preferably N95 or a 3 ply surgical mask and go to the designated testing site. One should try not to touch face or eyes and also avoid touching any surface.

What happens prior to Testing?

  • You will be asked to wait in a chamber.
  • A qualified medical will attend you and inquire regarding your symptoms.
  • Your temperature will be recorded.
  • Your travel history, contact history and family history will be taken.

What Happens During Testing?

A qualified medical professional will attend you and will bring a kit for collecting the sample. One of the following samples may be acquired from you depending on the local protocol.

  • A Nasal/ Throat Swab: The health care provider will take a special cotton swab and take the sample from your nose or throat.
  • A Nasal Aspirate: Small amount of saline solution will be injected in the nose and then removed with gentle suction.
  • A Tracheal Aspirate: A thin tube called a bronchoscope goes into your lungs, where a sample is collected.
  • A Sputum Test: Sputum is a type of mucus from lungs which is taken by a cotton swab for testing.
  • A Blood Test: Blood sample from your veins is taken in a sterile vial and sent for testing in a lab.

What Happens Next?

Depending on the severity of symptoms and your history you might be taken to an isolation ward where you might be kept under observation until the results come or you might be asked to go home and observe self-isolation till the results come.

What If the Test Comes Positive?

Do not worry. In case the tests come out positive you will be taken to an isolation ward and will be provided with the supportive care and medicines. It is important to remember that most cases of coronavirus infection have recovered without any health issues.

Coronavirus Testing Sites in India

Currently, there are 52 sites in India for Covid-19 testing. See below state wise list:

StateList of VRLs
Andhra Pradesh1 Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati
2 Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam
Andaman & Nicobar Islands 3. GMC, Anantapur, AP 4. Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair
Assam5. Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati
Bihar6. Regional Medical Research Center, Dibrugarh Bihar
7. Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna
Chandigarh8. Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh9. All India Institute Medical Sciences, Raipur
Delhi-NCT10. All India Institute Medical Sciences, Delhi 11. National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi
Gujarat12. BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad
13. M.P.Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar
Haryana14. Pt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Inst. of Med. Sciences, Rohtak
15. BPS Govt Medical College, Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh16. Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
17. Dr.Rajendra Prasad Govt. Med. College, Kangra, Tanda, HP
J&K18. Sher‐e‐ Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
19. Government Medical College, Jammu
Jharkhand20. MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur
Karnataka21. Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore
22. National Institute of Virology Field Unit Bangalore
23. Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore
24. Hassan Inst. of Med. Sciences, Hassan, Karnataka
25. Shimoga Inst. of Med. Sciences, Shivamogga, Karnataka
Kerala26. National Institute of Virology Field Unit, Kerala
27. Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
28. Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala
Madhya Pradesh29. All India Institute Medical Sciences, Bhopal
30. National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur
Meghalaya31. NEIGRI of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong, Meghalaya
Maharashtra32. Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur
33. Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai
Manipur34. J N Inst. of Med. Sciences Hospital, Imphal‐East, Manipur
Odisha35. Regional Medical Research Center, Bhubaneswar
Puducherry36. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry
Punjab37. Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab
38. Government Medical College, Amritsar
Rajasthan39. Sawai Man Singh, Jaipur
40. Dr S.N Medical College, Jodhpur
41. Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar, Rajasthan
42. SP Med. College, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Tamilnadu43. King’s Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, Chennai
44. Government Medical College, Theni
Tripura45. Government Medical College, Agartala
Telangana46. Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad
Uttar Pradesh47. King’s George Medical University, Lucknow
48. Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
49. Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh
Uttarakhand50. Government Medical College, Haldwani
West Bengal51. National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata
52. IPGMER, Kolkata

If you think that you require testing in India you should contact government helpline number for coronavirus:


The helpline email id for coronavirus:

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*Note: The information contained in this article is validated by the World Health Organization (W.H.O)