How long will I continue to test positive?

Posted by zrkat21 @zrkat21, Feb 6 12:09pm

Tested positive first on 1/5/21, got tested again and positive on 1/21.. .now getting tested this coming Thursday.. .2/11. 37 days from original positive. Need a negative test to go back to work. Contagious or not. Mild symptoms still exist. TIA!

@zrkat21 Welcome to MayoClinicConnect. We’re all volunteers on this site, sharing information and what works and what doesn’t. I’m hoping that @merpreb or @sueinmn will come along and help with your question.
You’re going to be tested for the 3rd time On Feb 11, correct? Did you actually have the virus or were you just exposed? Does your work place have any specific requirements regarding testing and returning to work?
You might also check the website for the public health department in your town. I did put the link here for the CDC.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html

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I actually have COVID. Tested positive first time 1/5. Will I still test positive on 2/11? My work's COVID plan requires a negative to return.

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You may continue to test positive for some time after your first positive test. According to the CDC, this does not mean you are infectious. Here is a link to the CDC Guidelines for ending isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html
You may want to share them with your employer.
Sue

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Yes.. .I understand the contagious part. It is an office setting my employer doesn't care about anything but a negative. So how long to test negative after testing positive for COVID 19,

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I tested positive on January 7, 2021 and was told I was save to go out on Jan.25th unless I still had a fever. On Friday Feb 5th I was in the ER for a possible heart attack was rapid tested and it was negative. So just under 4 weeks.

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Hi, my husband and I both contracted the Covid the first of October. We had not been vaccinated and we were immediately given an antibody infusion and we are doing very well after 6 weeks. We were told if we are required to be tested for Covid again, it will probably come back positive at this time. Does anyone know how long before we will get a negative or will we always show positive. We are in our 70's and would like to travel, now that we are doing so well.

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@jklewis

Hi, my husband and I both contracted the Covid the first of October. We had not been vaccinated and we were immediately given an antibody infusion and we are doing very well after 6 weeks. We were told if we are required to be tested for Covid again, it will probably come back positive at this time. Does anyone know how long before we will get a negative or will we always show positive. We are in our 70's and would like to travel, now that we are doing so well.

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Hello @jklewis and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. This is obviously one of those areas that gets tricky, especially when you weave in wanting to travel, isn't it? You will notice that I've moved your post into an existing discussion on the same topic.

The first thing I'd like to clarify is what testing you are talking about taking? There are two types of test as you might know. The viral test detects Covid infections and ]the other is to detect Covid antibodies (following an infection).

Here are some resources that may be helpful to you. The first link also contains mention of traveling since you shared your interest in getting back to that.

– COVID-19 Testing Overview:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
– Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine for Persons Who Have Recovered from Previous SARS-CoV-2 Infection:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/faq.html#Testing,-Isolation,-and-Quarantine-for-Persons-Who-Have-Recovered-from-Previous-SARS-CoV-2-Infection
When is the last time you tested and when do you plan to re-test?

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@becsbuddy

@zrkat21 Welcome to MayoClinicConnect. We’re all volunteers on this site, sharing information and what works and what doesn’t. I’m hoping that @merpreb or @sueinmn will come along and help with your question.
You’re going to be tested for the 3rd time On Feb 11, correct? Did you actually have the virus or were you just exposed? Does your work place have any specific requirements regarding testing and returning to work?
You might also check the website for the public health department in your town. I did put the link here for the CDC.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html

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We both were tested positive for Covid when we first got sick. We are retired and have not been tested again since the first test. My pulmonologist suggested I wait to have a test for him to give my body a chance to completely recover. That made me wonder about testing for travel. Thanks for replying.

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@amandajro

Hello @jklewis and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. This is obviously one of those areas that gets tricky, especially when you weave in wanting to travel, isn't it? You will notice that I've moved your post into an existing discussion on the same topic.

The first thing I'd like to clarify is what testing you are talking about taking? There are two types of test as you might know. The viral test detects Covid infections and ]the other is to detect Covid antibodies (following an infection).

Here are some resources that may be helpful to you. The first link also contains mention of traveling since you shared your interest in getting back to that.

– COVID-19 Testing Overview:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
– Testing, Isolation, and Quarantine for Persons Who Have Recovered from Previous SARS-CoV-2 Infection:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/faq.html#Testing,-Isolation,-and-Quarantine-for-Persons-Who-Have-Recovered-from-Previous-SARS-CoV-2-Infection
When is the last time you tested and when do you plan to re-test?

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We were tested 8th of October. No specific travel plans at this time, just trying to get info before we try. Thanks for repling.

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From my Covid 19. We will test positive for 3 months or 90 days

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I still have loss of taste after 6 weeks of Covid. Any one have same issue thank u

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@ellen307

I still have loss of taste after 6 weeks of Covid. Any one have same issue thank u

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I lost my taste and smell on April 4, 2021…unfortunately, I still don't have either back.

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