This article is anonymously shared by an Indian traveler and his family whose test was uncertain upon arrival. Method of quarantine and medication that he and his family is going through.
One can be an inactive carrier (asymptomatic) of a virus that cannot be tested through-PCR/swab tests.
Only passengers with negative for RT-PCR tests/Nucleic tests can board the flight.
China is the only country in the world that has successfully controlled the pandemic. It is a World leader in terms of a number of tests and for the cure of COVID. So expect CHINA way of testing and measures to control the disease which is hard and tough.
Travelers are subject to undergo a Blood test (Antibody) and Swab test (RT-PCR) on your arrival at the airport.
The Swab Test is serious testing in CHINA, swab is collected from the back wall, left side, and right side of the throat.
A Nose swab stick is thin and flexible as compared to a throat swab and this stick is inserted right till the other part of the nostrils. The swab stick is left inside and then another stick is used for the 2nd nostril, both are rotated clock and anticlockwise. It is a bit painful and naturally eyes start watering, and in most cases, people start sneezing.
This is the reason why China has been able to control COVID spread. Serious testing.
After 24 hours of testing, the results of the tests are shared with the authorities. Individuals are transferred from the hotel to Hospital, whose reports are uncertain or are have been tested positive.
The infant’s or child’s report is uncertain or positive one of the parents will be asked to accompany the child, the rest of the family needs to stay in the hotel.
Luggage should be stuffed in such a manner that you can easily unpack and carry necessary luggage to the hospital along with you as you cannot carry all the luggage to the hospital, in case the need arises.
In the hospital, suspicious and positive patients are accommodated in Isolation, a neat and clean room with an attached washroom. If you are vegetarian, you will get Chinese vegetarian food. If you need any daily basic stuff, the hospital staff can help to order for you.
The patient is kept under observation and regular tests like Stool, Sputum, Urine, Blood, Chest, CT scan, and Swab tests are performed. Once patient tests negative for 3 consecutive swab tests they are again quarantined for 14 days in the hospital. Swab test is conducted on the 13th day if it is found to be negative, they get discharged.
If the test on the 13th day is positive, the whole process will be repeated again, starting with 3 consecutive negative results of the tests.
If you plan to travel to China do so only if you have serious things to handle inChina. Please do get the following test done before you book your flight:
Blood test (Ensure you have negative Antibodies)
The requirement for boarding a flight to China is to have a negative report of RT-PCR. This advice is for comfort and hassle-free completion of the process to lead a normal life after reaching China. Everyone should have a safe quarantine in the hotel and not in the hospital. Stay and treatment at the hospital are expensive and have to be borne by individuals. So please get all the above tests done and ensure you are fit and have no signs of COVID in your body. Stool test, Urine test, and Sputum test help to determine if your body is carrying an inactive or dead virus, which cannot be ascertained only through RT-PCR. CT scan of chest helps to determine that the lungs are clean and clear of any new or old infection. If any of these tests indicate any signs of infection, please don’t travel.
This article is written purely to create awareness for travel during pandemics. Staying in a hospital in a foreign country will cause a lot of mental stress.
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