A 56-year-old female asked:
Been sick about 3 days now.started with a wet cough then the next day runny nose and nasal congestion. lost my smell but could still tell between sweet and salty in taste. took a covid home test negative. now dry cough and green mucus in nose. cold?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Neurology 53 years experience
See your doctor and have a full evaluation. You may now have sinusitis, perhaps bacterial. COVID-19 testing is most accurate via PCR and if not done, should be added. An ENT doctor may be needed, but first start with the basics.
Answered Nov 28, 2021
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
The CDC reports that the most accurate days for COVID testing are 5-7 days after exposure. You could have been falsely negative on day 3 and should be retested.
Reviewed Nov 28, 2021
Last updated Nov 28, 2021
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