A result of “Detected” indicates that SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA was found in your biological specimen that was submitted for testing. This means it is very likely that you have an active COVID-19 infection at the time of testing.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you may want to reach out to your healthcare provider. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a self-checking tool that can help you decide if you need to seek medical care.
The CDC recommends seeking immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to rouse (inability to wake up from sleep)
- Bluish lips
Remember to always call 911 if you are having a medical emergency. Tell the operator in advance that you have COVID-19, and if possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.