In some cases, your provider might recommend you get tested for novel coronavirus even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, such as if you are scheduled for surgery. If you're concerned that you might have COVID-19, contact your primary care provider for advice on treatment and testing.
You will usually be asked to tilt your head back. Then, the swab will be inserted through your nose into your nasal cavity. This can be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful, and lasts only a few seconds.
You may be asked to blow your nose or breathe through your mouth to make the collection process easier.
If you are tested for antibodies, you will be asked to give a blood sample.
Results of a COVID-19 test are usually available within 24 to 48 hours.
A PCR test could yield three possible results: