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A 27-year-old female asked:

I was in close contact with someone who tested positive for covid, yesterday i had chest pains, fever, sore throat, fatigue and dizziness. i went to test yesterday and the results came back as negative. can my results be false negative?

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Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Normally takes about 5 days to see symptoms post exposure so unless you were exposed earlier than you think probably not Covid yet. False positive and negative tests do occur. Would self quarantine, get rest and liquids and retest in 3-4 days. Work with physician if positive.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
COVID 19: If the contact was yestedray, the test result may not be accurate. Average incubation period for COVID-19 is 2 to14 days (but as little as 1 day), median time is 4-5 days.

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