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Can i get covid from someone who has had covid before but theyre negative now? ex- my aunt had covid and is better now, she had on a mask and i didnt but it didnt cover her nose. could i get covid? shes negative now?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Probably no concern: Only a person with an active infection (symptomatic or asymptomatic) can transmit the virus. If your Aunt is exhibiting symptoms, you should get tested for Covid 19 at around day 4-6 after last exposure. Testing prior to this may not give accurate results. If she is not exhibiting any symptoms, then there is not concern.
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
3-14 days: The period of coronavirus transmission begins approximately 3 days BEFORE you get symptoms and lasts for approximately 10 days after you BEGIN to feel better (not necessarily completely better, just begin to feel better). If you caught the virus from your aunt, you will begin to feel ill anywhere from 3-14 days after catching the virus.

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