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DOH clarifies guidelines for COVID antigen testing

January 10, 2022 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 439 views

THE Department of Health yesterday reminded the public on what they should do depending on their symptoms and the result of their COVID-19 antigen test.

The DOH issued the following guidelines:

If you tested negative in the antigen test but are symptomatic, you should still isolate immediately and have a RT-PCR test done;

If you have been exposed to a COVID-positive but asymptomatic person but tested negative in the antigen test, quarantine first and get an RT-PCR test on the fifth day after exposure;

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have your own room and toilet, you should go to an isolation facility;

Home isolation is only for those who have their own room and toilet;

Those exposed and considered close contacts may also quarantine at home if they have no symptoms and are not part of the vulnerable sector.

The DOH also reminded the public to only use FDA-approved test kits and that only trained health professionals should administer the test.

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