People talked about getting a Covid-19 diagnosis by having a test, if one is available. Many people just make the diagnosis themselves, based on the symptoms they have.


Getting a positive Covid-19 test

Rebecca caught the virus on a cruise ship. She got quarantined on the ship, and then in hospital in Japan, and wasn’t allowed to leave.

“I was trapped even after my symptoms passed because, to be cleared and discharged, I needed negative results on two consecutive nasopharyngeal coronavirus tests performed 24 hours apart. The doctors gave me 14 tests over my 28-day stay, some just the throat, some throat and nasal, and in the end just nasal swabs, per the Japanese testing guidelines.

Although the test was readily available at the hospital, the results were taking anywhere from a day to a week to come back. It took three weeks for me to get my first partial negative result (nasal positive, throat negative). And then the results kept flipping back and forth. After 28 days in an isolation room within the hospital’s infectious disease unit, I finally received my two negative nasal test results and was discharged.”

Tanishk 22 returned home to Dubai from University overseas and immediately isolated himself in his room, just in case he infected his family. After a few days he started having symptoms of Covid-19. He got tested and the results came back positive by phone 4 days later.

Ati aged 41 had the Covid-19 test at a hospital in Scotland

“I could tell the nurses were as scared as me; they told me my coronavirus test was positive as if I was going to die,” Read the full story

Problems getting a Covid-19 test

Many people are unable to get tested for Covid-19 and this can be frustrating.

Andrew, 42, was self-isolating with a fever. When his temperature returned to normal, he wanted to get back to work as GP but was unable to get tested to show that he was well. “It’s quite frustrating as at the end of the day you just want to do your job. We are facing an escalating caseload and the government has talked of drafting in retired clinicians. Surely we should be testing frontline health workers so that, if negative, they can return to work promptly after an illness?”


Other people talked about making the diagnosis themselves. Charlie self-diagnosed having spoken to the NHS 111 phone line. Jenny, 59, A former GP who has MS felt sure she had it from the symptoms.
“I have never experienced anything like it. I’m 99.5% certain I had Covid. It felt like I had a tight band going through my diaphragm.” Read the full story