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[Watch] Don’t Do PCR Test Too Many Times After Positive For Covid -19, Says Health Officer

[Watch] Don’t Do PCR Test Too Many Times After Positive For Covid -19, Says Health Officer

The health official explains Covid-19 testing mistakes and myths.

Fernando Fong

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A health official had taken to social media to discourage people from frequently taking RTK and PCR self-tests.

His video, which advised people not to do so, especially when recovering from Covid-19, had since gone viral on TikTok.

The health official, who goes by the username @dodosentoso, explained that the PCR test is only to detect the ribonucleic acid (RNA) of the virus in a person’s body.

He added that the presence of the virus in a person will last for two weeks, and will disappear with the help of vaccines and also medications.

@dodosentoso Jangan noya buat PCR byk byk kali lepas dah positive recently. Ingat ni sampaii mati. Tolong mdno share info ni boleh.?? #covid19 #rtpcr #medicallabscientist #fyp ♬ original sound – Pak Cik Bakar Baharo

After testing positive for Covid-19, there is no need to do PCR within two months. We do PCR only to see if the RNA is detected or not.

TikTok user @dodosentoso, who is also a health official, explain why there is no need to do PCR test too frequently.

Clearly, even if a person has recovered after two weeks, the cells from the virus are still there.

So, if a PCR test is done, a person will be confirmed positive for Covid-19 again but not as dangerous as before, he said.

Netizens thanked him for his clear and very easy to understand explanation.

They commented that he gave a good explanation with a good analogy, and can even be a lecturer.

That’s right, after 10 days, the virus is no longer active. It can be detected again, just that it won’t be infectious.

A TikTok user commenting on @dodosentoso’s explanantion.

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