My test came back positive, what should I do now?

If you have a positive test result, then you are presumed to be contagious, and if you have any of the symptoms outlined below, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include, but are not limited to: Fever Dry cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Loss of sense … Read more

How does the test work?

This RT-PCR test detects specific genes from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the virus that causes COVID-19. After you provide a sample of your saliva, the virus’s genetic material is extracted from it and these specific genes are looked for in a laboratory.  If they are there, the test is considered positive.

Is this test authorized by the FDA?

Yes. This assay is intended for use under the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization #200090 authorized on April 10, 2019. This is the only saliva test and saliva collection device that is FDA-authorized for at-home self-collection in the U.S. at this time. See the EUA here.

How accurate is this test?

This RT-PCR test is very sensitive for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, with 98% of tests providing either a positive or a negative result, and only 2% of tests providing an inconclusive result. The test can detect fewer than 10 copies of viral genes per milliliter of saliva, and can detect the presence of virus in the … Read more

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