Both viruses and bacteria can cause respiratory infections, and your doctor will sometimes order other analyses in addition to SARS-CoV-2. This is done to find out whether there could be a different explanation other than COVID-19 if you have symptoms that suggest COVID-19 infection. You will find the test results when you log in.
Overview of all relevant COVID-19-related analyses:
- SARS-CoV-2. Virus detection in sample from nose and/or throat.
- SARS-CoV-2 RNA: the virus’s genetic material
- SARS-CoV-2 antigen: parts of virus molecules, normally detected via a rapid antigen test
- SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Antibodies against coronavirus are detected in a blood sample. If antibodies are detected in your sample, this indicates that you have previously been infected by the virus or that you have been vaccinated. Your GP must assess what this test result means for you. Examples of such analyses are:
- SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
- SARS-Cov-2 IgG
- SARS-Cov-2 IgM
- Influenza A/Influenza B
- Parainfluenza virus
- RS virus (respiratory syncytial virus)
- Human metapneumovirus
- Mycoplasma pneumoniae
- Chlamydia pneumoniae
- Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough)
Find out more about the various methods used to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus and virus antibodies at fhi.no (in Norwegian).