RESULTS IN 15 MIN. FACT SHEET-2 FOR PATIENTS
(Continuation. For begining please see SHEET-1)
What are the known potential risks and benefits of the test?
POTENTIAL RISKS INCLUDE:
- Possible discomfort or other complications that can happen during sample collection.
- False positives and false negatives (see below for more information).
POTENTIAL BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- The results, along with other information, can help your healthcare provider make informed recommendations.
- The results of this test may help limit the spread of COVID-19 to your family and others in your community.
What does it mean if I have a positive test result?
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 very small 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 your test result(s) along with your medical history and symptoms.
What does it mean if I have a negative test result?
A negative test result means that proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample. It is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) for people with COVID-19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test is negative. If your test result is negative, 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. The amount of antigen in a sample may decrease the longer you have symptoms of infection. Specimens collected after you have had symptoms for more than seven days may be more likely to be negative compared to a molecular assay. It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.
(To Be Continued on SHEET-3)