If I have a positive PCR test result, can I pass the virus to others?

Molecular tests, also called PCR (polymerase chain reaction), show if you’re currently infected and can spread COVID-19 to others. However, it is possible to have a positive PCR test result for up to 6 weeks after infection. How long someone remains infectious varies by individual and depends on the severity of illness.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect people in your home and community, follow these guidelines provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).