Listen to the Experts, Find out more about COVID-19 testing. Dr Kamy Chetty, CEO of the National Health Laboratory Services tells us more about the testing operation in South Africa.

Dr Kamy Chetty from the NHLS has explained that patients who may have COVID-19 will show symptoms of fever, cough, headache and shortness of breath.

“The case definition states that symptomatic individuals with fever, cough, headache, and shortness of breath should be the ones that get tested…so if anyone has got any of the symptoms that I spoke about, they present themselves to any public health facility,” she said.

“It is normally the clinician who does the testing, they would then take a swab in order to get a respiratory sample and that gets sent to the laboratories and we do the testing in the laboratories.”