When Should You Take a COVID Test?

FILE- A woman undergoes the rapid antigen test for the coronavirus in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. On Wednesday Jan. 5, 2022 the Czech Republic’s government decided to cut quarantine restrictions from fourteen to five days while also similarly shortened time for close contacts of infected people to isolate. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, file)

As the CDC decides not to require a negative test for asymptomatic COVID patients because most transmission happens within the first five days of symptoms, the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro discusses what makes people feel safe with conflicting information.

Expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Monica Gandhi explains,

“After two years of data…over 99% of the transmission occurs within the first five days. There is a teeny tiny chance after five days that you could transmit but it’s so small…we think the implications for society are better that you know you are most infectious within the first five days.”

Listen to Nikki Medoro and Bret Burkhart’s complete conversation below.

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