Like many others, you may have had flu-like symptoms several weeks ago, but did not deem it necessary to take any drastic measures or get tested, as the extent and danger of the COVID-19 pandemic had not yet become fully apparent. 

Lots of misinformation has been spread, and additionally, initial guidance was that the coronavirus was less dangerous than the common flu. This has now been debunked as a myth by scientists, and it is now proven that a COVID-19 infection is much more dangerous than the flu. 

Therefore perhaps, in hindsight, you have come to the conclusion that you may indeed have had the virus, but recovered from it. Now, to get some peace of mind about your next steps, and to understand if you may have unknowingly put your loved ones at risk, you may have chosen to get tested.

If your results are negative but you believe you were infected but recovered from the virus, it can be unsettling to receive a negative result, which implies that antibodies are not present in your blood. At this time, it is not yet clear how long the antibodies remain detectable in your blood. 

Additionally, each person’s immune response is different. It may be that you do have an immune response, but your IgG/IgM levels are not at a detectable level. The scientific research on this is ongoing and the situation is changing rapidly. Speak to your healthcare practitioner for further advice.

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