COVID-19 PCR Viral Test – For Diagnosing Current Infection

A real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (real-time RT-PCR) assay detects the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on.

*PCR testing may be helpful if you:

  • Are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Live in or recently traveled to an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19
  • Have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • Think you have been exposed to COVID-19  
    (*Source: CDC)

A positive diagnostic test result means that you most likely are currently infected with COVID-19 and can give it to others. It is important that you stay home and talk to your doctor about steps to take if you feel sick. Follow CDC guidelines to protect others from getting the virus.

A negative test result means you most likely do not have the virus, or at least you did not at the time of the test. If you have symptoms, you should keep monitoring symptoms and seek medical advice about staying home and if you need to get tested again. If you don’t have symptoms, you should get tested again only if your medical provider and/or workplace tells you to. Take steps to protect yourself and others.

You will still need to follow precautions because you could still be at risk of being exposed. Continue to follow CDC guidelines, including social distancing and wearing a mask.