After a COVID Test

I WAS TESTED FOR COVID-19. WHAT’S NEXT?

After visiting a designated center for a COVID-19 testing, your test will be processed in our laboratory. Once the provider receives the test results back, you will be contacted to share either negative or positive diagnosis.

Please note, all healthcare providers are required to confidentially report all COVID-19 results to the Department of Health. They may reach out to learn more about any recent travel or close contacts to assist in containing the spread of the virus. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 by a viral test:

Please contact your primary care provider as soon as possible. Your provider can talk through your test results and provide a care plan. If you are asymptomatic (not showing symptoms), it is important that you still take measures to prevent others from contracting the virus. The decision to stop home isolation should be left to healthcare providers and local health authorities.

Many of those who get tested for COVID-19 will actively be experiencing symptoms similar to those of a cold or flu. While there is currently no known cure for the corona-virus, your provider will offer tips on things you can do from home to help ease your recovery period.

We also recommend reaching out to a friend or family member who may be able to help drop off supplies during your self-isolation period. If your symptoms become so severe that you are unable to take care of yourself (i.e. unable to consume liquids and food, experiencing excessive light-headedness, etc.) then you should immediately reach out to your healthcare provider, or for emergencies, dial 911. 

If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test:

You probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. You might test negative if the sample was collected early in your infection and test positive later during your illness. You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and get infected then. 

What does it mean if I have a negative test result?

A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms usually means that COVID-19 did not cause your recent illness.

However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people with COVID-19. This means that you could possibly still have COVID-19 even though the test result is negative. If this is the case, your healthcare provider will consider the test result together with your symptoms, possible exposures, and geographical location of places you have recently traveled) in deciding how to care for you. It is important that you work with your healthcare provider to help you understand the next steps you should take.

Monitoring your symptoms and seeking medical care

Remember: there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. Together with your healthcare provider, you should develop a plan for relieving some of your symptoms, and discuss what to do if your condition gets worse.

Most people with COVID-19 display only mild symptoms and can comfortably recover at home without medical care. If you need additional assistance, Angel Kid’s Pediatrics virtual telehealth options provide convenient ways to connect with one of our physicians, from your home.
Please call our office at (904) 224-KIDS (5437) if you need to schedule.

If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, you should seek emergency care as this can be a sign of respiratory or cardiac arrest:

·       Labored breathing
·       Bluish lips or face
·       Confusion
·       Seizures
·       Persistent chest pain or pressure
·       Inability to talk or be roused

Higher risk patients, such as those with prior lung conditions like severe asthma, emphysema or chronic pulmonary disease and those who have had a heart attack, stroke or organ transplant should be on high alert. This same high alert also applies to those with diabetes, obesity, or are over the age of 60 as well as those who take immuno-suppressants or cancer drugs. 

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