COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that easily spreads from person to person. If you’re concerned about COVID-19, you may consider Molecular/PCR testing provided by GatherWell Rapid COVID Testing. To learn more about group testing, call the office in Ham Lake, Edina, or Otsego, Minnesota, or request an appointment online today.
A molecular test analyzes samples by amplifying the specimen to detect the virus that causes COVID-19. Molecular tests may also be referred to as PCR, NATT, RT-PCR.
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. Therefore, it is also likely that you may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others.
There is a chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false-positive result). Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results along with other factors of your medical history, and your symptoms, possible exposures, and the geographic location of places you have recently traveled.
A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms usually means that COVID-19 did not cause your recent illness.
However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false-negative) in some people with COVID-19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If this is the case, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with all other aspects of your medical history (such as symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you.
It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.