Five days have passed since Thanksgiving, and some people who were exposed to the coronavirus at a gathering might be developing symptoms.
While these people should get tested immediately, what about the folks who don’t have symptoms?
Well, it’s complicated.
Who should get tested and when can be controversial, health experts say. That’s why the most important thing to do to avoid a surge in COVID-19 cases, they say, is to stick to the basics: stay home, wear a mask and practice social distancing.
The problem with testing everyone who went to a large gathering is two-fold, said Dr. Adam Jarrett, the chief medical officer at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. Conducting widespread testing can overwhelm the system, delaying results for people who need them the most. And the level of accuracy varies depending on which test a person gets, he said.
“I’m very concerned about the false sense