The digital publication Wired recently delved into the intricacies of COVID-19 testing and what it means when a test result comes back positive.
In the article, Matthew Binnicker, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic clinical microbiologist who studies viral infections, discussed the impact of false-positive COVID-19 test results, as well as the critical importance of testing being used as one part of a broader approach to controlling the virus.
"Testing is not a foolproof strategy to allow anyone to go about their normal daily lives without also using the other mitigation strategies,” Dr. Binnicker says. “If you layer [testing] with masking, and then physical distancing, then you create a strategy where together it significantly reduces the chance of transmission.”
The article also reviewed a variety of testing approaches, and it examined the effect an infected individual's viral load may have on a test result.