Indeterminate test results cause confusion with COVID-19


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“I understand that things are going on but I think it’s mostly concerning that I know science and medicine fairly well and I didn’t know this was something that could happen with a COVID test, and I don’t think so. not that a lot of people know, ”she said.

Alberta Health said indeterminate test results, as well as false positives and false negatives, occur “very rarely,” but did not provide details.

Indeterminate tests can be caused when a sample does not meet the sensitivity thresholds for test tests.

“No lab test is 100% perfect. There are several factors involved in obtaining accurate results in the lab, including the quality of the sample collected or the stage of disease at the time of sampling, ”Alberta Health said in a statement.

“This is not only true with COVID-19 testing, but applies to all laboratory diagnostic tests.”

Although Excell is still able to work, she said she was particularly keen to get tested again so that she could return to volunteer at a hospital in the city. When she tried to book a new test on Sunday, however, there was no test time available through AHS for next week.

“It’s just difficult to pass a test in general, which makes it frustrating for a lot of people I think,” she said.

Alberta’s asymptomatic testing is currently in high demand after the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Deena Hinshaw, asked school staff earlier this week to get tested before returning to class.

Alberta Health has said anyone whose test is undetermined will be prioritized for a new test.

They added that the current average wait time to receive test results is two to four days.

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