Covid test positive: Who needs a PCR test now - and who gets one?

Bonn · There has been much confusion ever since the new testing regulation was introduced on 1 July: What should you do if your self-test is positive? Who can get tested at the test centre for three euros? And where can I get a PCR test? We answer the most important questions.

  Your Coronavirus test is positive. So what now?

Your Coronavirus test is positive. So what now?

Foto: dpa/Sebastian Gollnow

My Coronavirus rapid test at home is positive. What do I do now?

  • Persons participating in clinical trials on the efficacy of vaccines against the Coronavirus at the time of testing.
  • Persons for whom a test is required to end quarantine ("testing yourself free")
  • Visitors and persons receiving treatment or residents in hospitals, rehabilitation, disabled or inpatient care facilities, dialysis centres, day clinics, etc.
  • Family carers
  • Household members of infected persons

A three-euro contribution per test is due from the following persons:

  • People who will be attending an indoor event on the day of testing.
  • People who will have contact with people who are at a high risk of contracting severe Covid-19 on the day of testing (this includes people aged 60 and over, people with disabilities, people with pre-existing medical conditions).
  • People who have been alerted to an increased risk by the Corona warning app ("red tile").
  • People whose self-test at home was positive, however, are explicitly not mentioned. Anyone who has symptoms of a Coronavirus infection "should definitely be in the hands of a doctor", says the Federal Ministry of Health. "Symptomatic patients should stay at home and first clarify the further procedure by telephone." They should be tested by their family doctors or public health service facilities.

My rapid test at the test centre is positive. What now?

My Coronavirus app shows a red warning. Can I get a PCR test?

In which cases can I get a PCR test?

Where can I get a PCR test?

What happens if I subsequently test positive?

(Original text: Sandra Liermann; Translation: Jean Lennox)
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