Can you still be contagious 6 days after your first positive COVID-19 test? “You’ve gotta stay home for five days because typically those first five days are when you are the most contagious,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said. “But in those days six to 10, some people still can be spreading virus.”
How long can you test positive for COVID-19 after having it? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people who contract COVID-19 can have detectable virus for up to three months, but that doesn’t mean they are contagious. When it comes to testing, the PCR tests are more likely to continue picking up the virus following infection.
How accurate is the At-home BinaxNOW COVID-19 test?
Accuracy: The BinaxNOW test correctly gave a positive result 84.6% of the time compared to PCR. In the same study, the test correctly gave a negative result 98.5% of the time. Availability: The BinaxNOW test costs $24 for two tests, which are meant to be used on the same person within three days (serial testing).
Can the omicron variant be detected by an at-home COVID-19 rapid test? Several widely used rapid antigen at-home COVID-19 tests are effective at detecting omicron, according to preliminary research published Feb. 28 in MedRxiv.