If I’m taking antibiotics will this affect the results of a COVID-19 test?

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Tests for COVID-19 work by looking for the presence of certain parts of the virus itself, which are unique to COVID-19, therefore confirm it is there in the sample.

You can read more about the tests and how they work on the Royal College of Pathologists website here.

Antibiotics only work against bacteria (germs) and not viruses like COVID-19. Therefore taking antibiotics will not affect the levels of virus in the body or interfere with a test.

Category: COVID-19