The University of Minnesota has been hard at work developing sensitive tests to see if people are infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Our scientists have developed these two tests:
Test to diagnose people infected with the virus:
This molecular test, also called a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, is used to determine if you have the virus that causes COVID-19. If a test is negative, that means there’s no sign of current infection.
Test to see if people who were infected have developed antibodies to the virus:
This antibody test, also called a serologic test, is used to determine if you had the virus and now have developed an immune response to the virus. If a test is positive, it is a sign of a past infection.
If both tests are used together, we can determine how many Minnesotans have been exposed to COVID-19.
Tests available to me
There are now tests to determine current infection and past infection. For questions about which test is right for you, talk to your health care provider.
Waiting for results? The clinic that did your testing will get the results to you. It can take several days for test results to come back. While you are waiting for your test results, you should stay home and separate yourself from other people in your home as much as possible. Wash your hands often and clean frequently touched surfaces.