Who should get tested?
People who have symptoms of COVID-19
People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their authorities
ii. Test Formats
Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.
A PCR viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
DPI –Laser test might tell you if you need a nasal PCR test
iii. Test Result and after
[a] If you test positive for COVID-19
Contact the health authorities as mentioned above. You may need immediate healthcare or may have mild COVID-19 illness and can recover at home without medical care.
[b] If you test negative for COVID-19
You probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. This does not mean you will not get sick:
A negative test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing or that your sample was collected too early in your infection.
You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and then get infected and spread the virus to others.
If you have symptoms later, you may need another test to determine if you are infected with COVID-19.