What does it mean that the PCR test result was inconclusive?

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PCR test for COVID-19

What does it mean that the test result was inconclusive?

An inconclusive result means that the analysis of a test for the diagnosis of the SARS-CoV-2 virus did not yield a definite answer. There can be different reasons for these results. A new PCR-test is necessary but you have to wait one day to repeat the PCR-test. You should not repeat the test too soon because then there is a greater risk of another inconclusive result.

You will be sent a new barcode (INC) the evening of the next day to use the following day. If the results from the repeat test are positive (the virus was found), you are asked to follow guidelines for isolation for 5 days (from the positive PCR test). If the results are negative you are unlikely to have the disease.

If the results are inconclusive again the Landspitali Hospital COVID clinic will contact you by phone and decide on the next steps. Until a conclusion is reached, you need to follow the instructions for special precautions since you may be infected. If symptoms worsen you should seek medical care.

Fyrst birt 01.12.2021
Síðast uppfært 03.03.2022

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