You Can Still Have the Coronavirus Even If Your COVID Test Is Negative
Once you have taken the COVID test and have tested negative, there are still high chances of you being COVID-19 positive. For instance, many people in Gujarat, India, have been testing negative. However, after getting a high-resolution CT test done, it was revealed that there was significant infection in their lungs.
The coronavirus has become so acute that it has been announced that the current strain of COVID-19 doesn’t necessarily show positive on your test. But this doesn’t mean that you don’t have the virus. Sometimes the test may show negative, but the lab investigations show traces of the virus within your body. These cases should be treated as COVID-19 positive unless proven otherwise.
Even if you have COVID symptoms how does the test turn out to be negative?
The recent surge in the coronavirus cases has made most people skeptical when it comes to their test results. While people may be experiencing mild to severe symptoms associated with COVID-19, their test result show that they are corona-free. RT-PCR tests which have been considered to be the gold standard for testing have lately been declaring a ‘false negative’ in the reports of COVID-19 patients.
Are COVID tests accurate?
RT-PCR test were initially extremely accurate in detecting the virus with very few exceptions. But, ever since the onset of the second wave of the coronavirus, numerous reports have shown that ‘false negatives’ have become prevalent among people who are already experiencing common symptoms of COVID-19. However, there could also be other reasons as to why you could have tested negative for COVID as well.
The reasons why your test showed a ‘false negative’ despite you having COVID symptoms
According to experts, the standard RT-PCR tests are unable to identify the new mutations of the virus. As it turns out, the current second wave of COVID-19 just happens to be a cocktail of mutated variants. This is one of the most common reasons for negative test results.
Another reason could be due to the fact that the viral load on your body may be extremely low. This makes it difficult for the tests to locate the infection causing the reports to show you as COVID negative. At times when the swab stick is not inserted accurately causing the sample to not be collected appropriately, it often results in a false negative report.