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A 27-year-old male asked:

Hello, one of the people i work with in the office has tested positive for covid-19 so we've been all urged to check. what would you advise i do ?

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Dr. Vera Barnard
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Self-isolate: If you have worked in the same office and may have touched the same objects, you should consider yourself to be a so-called COVID-19 contact. You may have caught the virus and become symptomatic, in which case you should phone your doctor. You may also carry the virus and not even know it, therefore you must self-isolate in order not to transfer the virus, even if a test still shows negative.
Dr. Abdulsatar Aboobaker
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Yes: It is advisable to check for covid 19: just one positive person can infect many hundreds of others.
Dr. Vera Barnard
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We could be running out of test kits soon and there is a huge backlog so seriously ill people may have to wait 7-14 days for test results. You need to isolate - if you have the virus, you could test negative today and have a false sense of security, go back to work, infect other people but only test positve the next day or even later. Isolate and test only if you have symptoms. In the Western Cape it is now recommended by the Health Department NOT to test anybody younger that 55 unless they have co-morbidities or are healthcare workers.
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