Test to see if you have COVID-19
If you have symptoms for COVID-19.
If you have been around someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
If you are traveling and need proof you do not have COVID-19.
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What are some COVID-19 Symptoms?
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
How long does it take for Antibodies to be produced?
Antibodies may not be detected for 14 days after getting COVID.
Which test is best for COVID-19
There are several tests that diagnose a current infection and there are also antibody tests that will show if you previously had COVID. How far back do the antibody tests detect COVID? There is no single answer. Everyone's immune system is different. However, there can be positive results for antibodies back as far as a year in some individuals. If you don't have antibodies, it doesn't mean that you did not have COVID. It is very possible that the antibodies are no longer strong enough to be detected.
The FDA has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for hundreds of COVID-19 diagnostic tests. This allows makers to market tests without receiving formal FDA approval because there is a public health emergency.
Because this novel coronavirus is indeed novel, and COVID-19 is a new disease, information about available tests is incomplete and testing options keep changing. Tests vary in terms of accuracy, cost, recommended use for people of various ages, and convenience. For detailed information on individual tests, check the FDA’s updated list of authorized tests, which has links to the test makers’ websites.
A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and whether you should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. Currently, there are two types of diagnostic tests – molecular tests and antigen tests.
Molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests, detect the virus’s genetic material. PCR tests are considered the most accurate and “gold standard” for diagnosing active coronavirus infection. This test is typically highly accurate and usually does not need to be repeated.
Most PCR tests use a nasopharyngeal swab, which goes deep into your nose to the back of your throat.
Other things to note:
Results may take 2-3 days or up to a week to be returned.
If you need to travel out of the country a molecular test may be required.
Antigen tests detect specific proteins from the virus. Most antigen tests use a nasal or nasopharyngeal swab. Results may be returned very quickly (15-30 minutes), depending on the test.
Positive results are usually highly accurate, but false positives can happen. Negative results may need to be confirmed with a molecular test.
Other things to note:
If your antigen test shows a negative result but you have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have been at-risk for exposure to COVID-19, you should receive a PCR test as a double check to ensure accuracy.