COVID Q&A: What to do if I’ve tested positive and negative?

Answers to viewers’ coronavirus questions from Dr. Jen Ashton.
2:31 | 11/25/20

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Transcript for COVID Q&A: What to do if I’ve tested positive and negative?
That is pretty. Dr. Jen Ashton with answers to questions from Owers. What should I do if I receive a negative and positive result? This is a complicated question. The short answer, it depends. Depends if the person is symptomatic or asymptomatic. It depends what kind of test was done. The gold standard pcr? Saliva, rapid antigen? Home test? Because now we're seeing a lot of different types of tests being done, and we have to remember that there are false positives and false negatives. In general in the setting of high rights, in the world of medicine and infectious disease, we tend to believe the positives and err on the side of believing that result because your health and the health of those around you should be at stake. Does the order matter, whic one you got first? Not really, because these tests are not 100% accurate. Depends on the situation and other factors. Very complicated question. Next question -- are the number of deaths today from people testing recently or people who have been hospitalized for months, so we don't have a precise breakdown week by week on that level of information, but in general, just always know there will be a lag time from new cases to hospitalizations occurring, you know, anywhere from one to two weeks later to death occurring two weeks after that. A lot of patients who succumb to covid-19 are those who have been in the hospital on an icu on a ventilator for a while. So again, this is generally not a quick process. There is a lag time. After having covid when can I expect to have a negative test result? Oh. You guys, this is so important. No one who has covid should be retesth the purposes of saying, you're good now. You're recovered. You can go back to work or be with others. We know that from early data published out of South Korea that people who are positive for covid-19 and retesteen up to three months later, you can detect viral debris in their nose by pcr that does not grow out in the lab. It's not viable, not alive, it's just fragments. Tests should not be used the say, you're recovered. We go buy Al symptomology and time. Dr. Jen, thank you very much. You can submit questions on her Instagram to @drjashton. Our next guest is. One of the most influential

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