I don’t feel well, should I get tested for Covid-19 while on holiday in Cape Town and the Western Cape?
You might not be feeling well, or someone in your family has a temperature, and you are now wondering if you should get tested?
If you are experience symptoms and not sure what to do, you can also contact the national hotline:
The CovidAlert App provides the numbers for the national hotline and WhatsApp line under “Learn more”. Here are all the important numbers:
- National hotline: 0800 029 999
- Provincial hotline: 021 928 4102
- Toll-free hotline: 080 928 4102
- WhatsApp “Hi” to 0600 123 456
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All lines are operational 24/7. The above contact details are for health-related matters only. And they can also visit the Western Cape Government’s Covid-19 website for more information https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa explains that there are two types of people who should go for a Covid test.
- Hospitalized patients showing symptoms or going in for a procedure, and
- Any person with symptoms where Covid-19 infection is a cause:
- Persons at high-risk for infection (e.g., health care workers, people over 60 years old, and those with comorbidities)
- Individuals who have been in close contact with a person who has been confirmed positive for Covid-19.
The South African Government encourages all visitors and citizens to download the COVID Alert SA App. This app is South Africa’s free exposure app and uses Bluetooth technology and GPS coordinates to let you know if you have been near someone who has tested positive. Read more about the app here.
Where do I go to get tested for Covid-19 if I am on holiday in Cape Town and the Western Cape?
There are numerous hospitals, doctors, and laboratories that are testing for Covid-19. The test used in South Africa is the PCR test. A PCR test is a polymerase chain reaction test and is one of the dominant ways that the global healthcare systems are testing citizens for Covid-19. The test detects the genetic information of the virus (the RNA) in someone that is already infected. The PCR is a swab test and not a blood test.
If you are staying at a hotel, homestay, or guest house, ask the front of the desk or host for the contact details of the nearest doctor’s office or hospital.
Alternatively, you can contact one of South Africa’s private pathology laboratories.