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What are the different types of tests for COVID 19?

The two kinds of tests are viral tests, also called diagnostic tests, and antibody tests, also called a serology or serological test.

  • Viral tests detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A positive result means the person is currently infected.
  • Antibody tests detect the presence of antibodies that the body produces after being exposed to the virus. A positive result means the person was infected at some time in the past.
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