By Mary Kekatos Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:34 BST, 4 August 2020 | Updated: 23:34 BST, 4 August 2020
Most Americans are waiting more than three days for their coronavirus test results, undermining the need to quickly isolate people and contact trace, a new survey reveals.
Researchers found that 63 percent of those who've been tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, did not get results back for at least 72 hours.
The average wait was four days and, for about five percent of surveyors, they wait to learn if they were positive or negative was 14 days.
The team, led by Northeastern University in Boston, says a person is contagious for about a week so delaying results by even just one day increases the risk of an infected person passing the virus on to someone else.
A new survey found that only 37% of people who had been tested received their results within two days and around 31% said it took more than four days to receive results (above)
About 10% of respondents said they waited between 10 and 14 days to learn if they were positive or negative. Pictured: Ignacio Recendez looks on as Ana Recendez swabs her nose for