Back to Africa Check

Is it true that doctors test for Covid-19 by looking for the Covid-19 virus in your body?

Yes. A Covid-19 viral test looks for the virus in your breathing passages. There are different types of viral tests. One type looks for genetic material from the virus. This is usually called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Another type looks for proteins on the virus. This is usually called an antigen test. It may not be as accurate as PCR. 

More facts

For reading our fact-checks!

Did you know that our work is free to read and share? Support our work to continue reading.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?