Do I need to stay home if I test positive for COVID-19? If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public. Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask.
Why PCR is better than the rapid COVID-19 test?
“PCR tests are more reliable and accurate due to testing the specific genetic material of the virus, eliminating the interference from other viruses,” said Heather Seyko, a Laboratory Services manager for OSF HealthCare.
How long after exposure should you get tested for COVID-19? Consider getting tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if youre vaccinated and dont have symptoms.
Can a PCR test detect the COVID-19 Omicron variant? The good news is that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), PCR and rapid antigen tests can still detect Omicron as well as previous variants.