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Is it possible for me to be re-tested for COVID-19 after a positive result?
You might be asking if you should get retested if you have COVID-19 or have recently had it. New symptoms or a request from your employer are two common reasons to obtain a new test. Doctors Immediate Care can help you with your medical needs, no matter what they are.
When can I get retested for COVID-19?
Dead virus debris may remain in your body for several weeks after your body has fought off a COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 tests are prone to yield false-positive results during this time. Even if you have recovered and are not contagious, your test results may indicate that you have the sickness. Sadly, this implies that COVID-19 tests are only useful for a few weeks after you’ve been infected.
Our diagnostic tests are used to see if you’ve recently been infected. We do not recommend re-testing to prove that you have recovered if you test positive for COVID-19. Since testing can stay positive for weeks even if you have recovered and are no longer sick, we do not recommend re-testing to prove that you have recovered. For up to 6 weeks following infection, there is a significant rate of false positives.
When should I consult a physician?
If you believe you have been re-exposed or are experiencing symptoms during that time, talk to your doctor about whether or not testing is necessary for you at that time.
Please contact beforehand before visiting any medical facility if you suspect you have COVID-19.
What if I start experiencing new COVID-19 symptoms?
If you’ve healed from a COVID-19 infection but are experiencing new symptoms, see your doctor. While some doctors may provide retesting for patients with symptoms, we found that a symptomatic approach is the most beneficial at Physicians Urgent Care.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, take your medical history, and, if necessary, do an exam during your in-person or virtual session. Your doctor will determine your COVID-19 risk based on your symptoms. They will also provide you advice on your next steps, including treatment and seclusion recommendations if necessary.
What if my boss insists on having me retested for COVID-19?
The same procedure applies if your employer requests proof that you are fit to return to work. We stick to the CDC’s tried-and-true return-to-work standards. Employers can find out more about the return to work procedure by visiting this page.