The ICMR, in its advice, has noted that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will be considered as a suspected case of COVID-19 unless proven otherwise.
ICMR stated that laboratories face challenges in meeting the expected testing target due to extraordinary caseload and staff getting infected with COVID-19. The new measures have been recommended to optimize the RT-PCR testing and simultaneously increase the access and availability of testing to every citizen. It advised against retesting for any individual who tested positive once either by RAT or RT-PCR.
Additionally, if an individual has symptoms like fever with/without cough, headache, sore throat, breathlessness, body ache, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, and diarrhea should be considered as a suspect of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.