The debate over “airborne” coronavirus spread, explained
What should I do if my COVID-19 test is negative?
A negative test result means that it is unlikely you have COVID-19. Your result may read “negative” or “not detected.” Sometimes there are false negatives, which means you have the disease but the test doesn’t detect it. If you have a fever, cough, or cold symptoms, you should remain home and minimize contact with others. If you are concerned about your symptoms, call your primary care provider.
If you don’t have a primary care provider, you can still call our Penn Medicine Coronavirus Hotline at 1-833-983-1350. If you are feeling better, you should continue to take precautions and practice social distancing to avoid getting sick. Our advice, whether you test positive or negative, is that you should be without symptoms for 72 hours before ending self-quarantine.
How accurate is COVID-19 testing?
Since COVID-19 tests are new, knowing the accuracy is challenging. The accuracy and predictive values of SARS-CoV-2 testing have not been evaluated, and the accuracy of testing depends on which test is used, the type of specimen tested, how it was collected and the duration of illness.
No medical test is 100% accurate for many reasons, including error and timing of the test. Because it is possible to get a negative result even when you have coronavirus, it is important to be careful even when you receive a negative result. Some doctors recommend quarantining yourself until symptom-free for at least 72 hours.
Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?
Using the CDC-developed diagnostic test, a negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample. In the early stages of infection, it is possible the virus will not be detected.
The Bottom line
I honestly think we should focus more on the vaccine instead of who has it.
Does anyone have any solutions to this virus?
Why is everyone worried about who has it instead of focusing on who has the vaccine?
What do you think?