Worried that you may have been exposed to coronavirus during Thanksgiving? Are you planning to be tested as a precaution?
Well, you probably have to wait.
A person who catches the virus will often not see symptoms for five days or more, and testing during this incubation period risks the disease still accumulating to detectable levels. These false negatives can have dangerous consequences if this person returns to the community and unknowingly spreads the infection further, which is why public health officials recommend postponing testing.
“If you are tested today, it is quite possible that you will test negative and still be infected,”
Asymptomatic people should wait to be tested at least five days after their potential exposure or on Tuesday for those concerned about Thanksgiving. Those with symptoms – fever, cough or shortness of breath – should seek tests immediately. Anyone suspected of being infected should be quarantined as a safety measure.
This comes amid a Thanksgiving pandemic that has drastically changed traditional gatherings for many families. The AAA estimates that only 12 percent of New Jersey residents plan to travel for the holiday, and Gov. Phil Murphy urged the public to stay home and celebrate only with close family members.
New Jersey is already seeing an influx of coronavirus cases, with hospitalizations and patients in intensive care and ventilators reaching levels not seen for months. Health officials have warned that Thanksgiving could spread COVID-19 further, especially in conjunction with the upcoming winter holidays.
On Friday, Murphy announced 4,100 new coronavirus cases and 19 deaths, killing 16,942 people believed to have died from COVID-19.
“We are still in the midst of this pandemic,” Murphy said on Twitter. “Protect yourself and your family. Mask. Practice social distancing. “
When will Thanksgiving effects be seen in New Jersey numbers? You will also have to wait for this, given the same delays in the development of the coronavirus.
Silvera estimates that if there is a jump in infections due to Thursday’s gatherings, it will begin to appear after one to two weeks. Hospitalizations that lag even further are likely to rise in three to four weeks, she said. Death will be even slower.
This means that the impact of Thanksgiving on the health care system is likely to be felt around Christmas, another family ritual that employees fear could ignite the coronavirus.
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