Friend had a covid scare but just tested negative with rapid test - do you think they’re in the clear and I can see them now? Or should I encourage them to also get PCR before we meet up?

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Depends on your risk tolerance, if it’s a false negative are you ok getting exposed? Are you exposing anyone in your life that is high risk (or are you high risk)? I am in close contact with my grandparents so I wouldn’t meet up before a PCR or a week of potential exposure…

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Rapid doesn’t mean anything. Wait a few more days for symptoms to show. Source: rapid showed negative, I still quarantined, PCR came positive 3 days later, got symptoms that night

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Rapid is only accurate if you have symptoms showing to confirm it’s covid. If you don’t have symptoms, PCR is the way to go. After 10 days from symptom onset, they’re most likely not contagious even if they still have symptoms. I’d wait 14 just be to safe tho

Rapid tests have only a 40% accuracy if you’re not symptomatic, I would do what you’re comfortable with but generally PCR is far far more accurate

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I wouldn't

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Was it a rapid antigen at a testing center? My understanding is those are pretty accurate now (they allow them for travel)

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Agree with PCR. For context, when my husband got Covid, he had symptoms and tested positive on a rapid. I tested negative at the same time.
That evening, I started coughing. Five days later, I tested positive on a PCR. He had had symptoms for 15 days at that point.

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I think with a rapid test you’ll be fine. If it’s good enough for an airport it’s good enough for me.

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I wouldn’t. A friend of mine had a rapid test and PCR test on the same day. Rapid came back negative. PCR came back positive. Next day, my friend went back for a second PCR. Positive.

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