Tips On Who Should Get Tested For COVID-19 After The Holiday Season

Jan 4, 2021

Health experts say you may want to consider getting tested for COVID-19 if you attended large, in-person family gatherings over the holiday break.  

Dr. Preeti Malani is the chief health officer for the University of Michigan and says it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get tested you if interacted with friends or family members from multiple households over the holiday season.  Dr. Malani says you should definitely get tested if someone you interacted with developed COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for the virus after your interaction.  But she adds that you should wait between five and seven days after a possible exposure to get tested.

Dr. Preeti Malani: If you are exposed to someone with infection now, you won’t have a positive test for several days.  And that five to seven days gives us a little bit of flexibility.  Personally, I would say if you can wait for seven days and give a negative test at that point it’s quite reassuring.

Dr. Malani adds that families who spent the holidays together but did not quarantine before doing so, should also consider getting tested.

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