There have been several cases where patients are showing COVID-19 symptoms but have been tested negative for the virus multiple times. Later, they were confirmed positive after repeated tests.
Experts: People showing symptoms of COVID-19 but tested negative should be treated

New Delhi: The COVID-19 cases are on surge and the authorities are taking every possible measure to combat pandemic. There have been several cases where patients are showing COVID-19 symptoms but have been tested negative for the virus multiple times. Later, they were confirmed positive after repeated tests. Dr Vijay Gurjar, an assistant professor in the department of Geriatric Medicine at AIIMS said that several times patients have tested negative but they are indicating atypical pneumonia which is highly suggestive of COVID-19.

According to Dr Vijay Gurjar, despite of three or four RT-PCR clinical tests people are showing symptoms of atypical pneumonia which is highly suggestive of COVID-19. Later, it was found that these patients have developed antibodies against coronavirus. Which means that they are infected with coronavirus but their bodies have developed antibodies against the virus and hence, their results had not come out positive in the RT-PCR tests. In addition to this he said, If patients are indicating the symptoms of the COVID-19 they should be treated on the lines of COVID-19 and managed accordingly without waiting for the test confirmation. 

Several doctors suggested that in case if patient is showing highly suggestive of COVID-19 and the RT-PCR test continues to be negative even after repeated tests, a CT scan of the lungs can be useful in reaching a correct diagnosis. According to the experts clinical symptomatology and the CT scan reports can be the guiding factor for treatment rather relying only on the RT-PCR test which has a sensitivity of only 70 percent.