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Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: March 23, 2020 2:05 PM
anouk.hanafiah 14 months

Can you test for the virus within the 14 day incubation period?

Dr Sashini Seeni 14 months
General Practitioner

Greetings!

Thank you for your question. It is possible to test for the virus during the incubation period. This is the pre-symptomatic phase where patients have yet to show any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. The viral titre may be low if it’s too early in the development of the infection. The results may initially show as negative. Hence, repeated test may be needed.

I hope this answers your question. Thank you.

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