What happens after you test for COVID-19? Listen to Dr Ann Mathews from the NHLS & follow her tips.

Dr Ann Mathews from the NHLS has explained what happens after an individual tests positive for COVID-19.

She said once an individual has been tested for COVID-19, it means they’re deemed as a suspected case.

“What we expect immediately after the swab has been taken is that the person self-isolate. We start treating the person as a potential case and the most important thing in that circumstance is to make sure that we don’t have the risk of that person infecting other people,” she said.

“If they are staying within a home where there is a room that they can isolate themselves from the people that they live with, that is ideal. Once they get the result, if the result is negative, they can come out of isolation and continue with their regular lives.”

However, if the person tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

“If they test positive, what is expected is that the person will self-isolate for at least 14 days from the day of the onset of symptoms. After 14 days of self-isolation, assuming the person is getting better, it means they can deisolate themselves.”