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I tested negative for covid on wednesday 8/7 but developed symptoms after. i feel extremely ill i am coughing fever runny nose and extreme body pains is it possible to test positive now?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID 19: Average incubation period for COVID-19 is 2 to14 days (but as little as 1 day), median time is 4-5 days. You have more chance of having an accurate test result if you have symptoms or you wait at least a few days after COVID 19 contact.

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