Is your COVID-19 Antigen Test result POSITIVE?
With a POSITIVE Rapid Antigen test result we need to perform a more accurate confirmatory Covid 19 PCR test.
The PCR test will require another nasal swab and will need to be analyzed in the lab. Your results will be ready within 12-24 hours. There is an additional cost for this test.
While awaiting your results we advise the following:
1) Self quarantine until the PCR test results is reported.
2) If the PCR test is negative and you have no symptoms, you may resume normal activity without quarantine.
3) If the PCR test is positive:
●Please self quarantine for at least 14 days.
●If you have suspicious symptoms, you will need medical evaluation.
●It is advisable to notify people you have been in close contact with in the past few days. They will need to be tested to make sure we contain the spread of the virus.
Fact Sheet for patients
Can I have a false positive test?
YES.The Rapid Antigen Test when Positive predictive value of 90%.(SENSITIVITY) and a Negative predictive value of 98.9% (SPECIFICITY).
Can I be infected and the rapid test does not pick up the infection?
YES. The Rapid antigen test is most accurate when you have symptoms. Specimens collected after you have had symptoms for more than five days may be more likely to be negative compared to the PCR test.Therefore the PCR test is always more accurate.
IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID 19 SYMPTOMS WE RECOMMEND GETTING THE PCR TEST AND SEEKING ADVICE FROM A HEALTH PROVIDER.