When to test after known exposure (kid, adult, masked, unmasked, vax, unvax, PLEASE READ):
⁃ are the CDC recs confusing? Yes
⁃ Is your school or work throwing out different recs? Yes
⁃ I say this is when our common sense 🧠 MUST play a role
⁃ This is Sally 🙋🏼♀️ and she was around 🤒Bobby who tested + for 🦠Covid
⁃ I don’t care about Bobby’s 🤒 vax status but I do want to know Sally’s 🙋🏼♀️
⁃ I want to know if 🙋🏼♀️ & 🤒 were unmasked and close to each other for longer than 15 minutes or if something “crazy” happened like 🤒 sneezed or they 🤝 or they were 🍷🍽 together. Maybe they LOL’d next to each other or hugged. How close were they? Maybe they cried together at a funeral?
⁃ Next I want to know if 🙋🏼♀️ has any fever, cough, chills, body aches, sinus congestion, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, joint or muscle aches, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, headache, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, confusion, or dizziness when standing and if/when she does, I’m testing her regardless of vax status. If neg, I’m testing her again in 2 days. Meanwhile I’m keeping her home because she is symptomatic.
⁃ The only reason I’m testing 🙋🏼♀️ if she never shows symptoms would be:
⁃ the exposure was risky based on above mentioned factors, or 🙋🏼♀️ has someone who is immunocompromised, elderly, young, or unhealthy that she sees regularly
⁃ Work / school requires it
⁃ Peace of mind
⁃ I would test at day 3 or 5 or both
⁃ I’m seeing exposed folks (symptomatic and asymptomatic) test too soon. Then test + a few days later. This burdens the testing sites. So wait until day 3-5 if you can!
***as always, consult your PCP for your healthcare. I’m trying to raise awareness. Let’s not bicker and judge over vaccine status. Let’s educate ourselves and let’s come together to get out of this public health crisis!!!***
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