How would you react if you get positive for coronavirus? It’s not a joke so I took the coronavirus test yesterday. I’ve been following social distancing and protocols since the coronavirus outbreak started. But what was the reason why I took the coronavirus test? Do I have the symptoms of coronavirus or I just wanted to be sure that I don’t have the virus?
Why I took the Coronavirus Test?
From August 18, I was hired as a part-time employee, under the supervision of one of the district offices here in Seoul. Since I travel to work every day, I might be exposed to people who have the virus without even knowing. Before my contract ends which is tomorrow, the office asked us to take the coronavirus test. That is the reason why I took the coronavirus test yesterday.
So what happened in the testing center?
Together with my co-workers, we went to one of the temporary screening clinics (임시선별검사소) in Seoul. Actually, Seoul is providing a free and anonymous coronavirus test regardless of symptoms until January 3, 2021.
Upon arrival, we saw the medial team at the screening clinic wearing PPE’s, and honestly, I was wondering if it’s enough to wear since it’s winter here in Korea.
We lined up at least 2 meters away from each other, then the first step was writing our phone number answering a few questions like if we have a cough, respiratory problems, or none. I checked none since I am not sick or anything. After signing up for the paper, we received another piece of paper stating the precautions we need to follow after the coronavirus test then went to window B (there are two windows A and B) to receive the bottle with my phone number written where the examiner will put my swab test. After that, I lined up at lane B since I came from window B.
From lane B, I went to another window for the saliva and nasal swab testing. The saliva swab test was easy but when it comes to nasal I felt a bit of pain but that was fast. I thought the corona testing was hard but it’s not and the line isn’t long so we didn’t wait much.
After the swab test, I was asked to sanitize my hands and leave. Leaving the screening clinic doesn’t end there because you need to wait for the result from 24 to 48 hours. While waiting you also need to isolate yourself until you received the result.
Am I Positive for Coronavirus?
The result came out today and I’m happy to say that I am NEGATIVE for coronavirus. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t need to worry. Coronavirus is still existing and we need to be more extra careful this time. I still also need to follow precautions like hand washing and sanitizing, wearing a mask, and social distancing.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is still holding a free coronavirus test until January 3, so if you are living in Seoul and want to be sure about your health better hurry and take the swab test. Check out the Seoul Korea Facebook page for more details.
*I didn’t take many photos to protect the privacy of others who went for the coronavirus swab test.
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In times of corona, don’t forget to send socially distance hugs to everyone!