Experts recommend waiting to get a COVID test after Thanksgiving travels

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Experts warn your risk of exposure to the coronavirus increases if you travel. Although the CDC urged Americans to enjoy a stay-at-home Thanksgiving, TSA reported the highest number of passengers since March flew this week, and AAA estimated millions of Americans travelled by car. Therefore, if you were exposed to the virus over the holiday, health experts recommend getting a COVID test, but not just yet.

The site manager at the Mesa County Fairgrounds COVID testing site says most people getting a test there are not showing symptoms. Instead, they are getting the test because they were near someone with the disease. However, experts say getting a test too early can return a false positive or false negative result. Experts add you should get a COVID test five days after possible exposure. Therefore, if you were exposed to the coronavirus on Thanksgiving, a test would not pick up the virus from a nose or saliva sample until approximately December 1st because the virus has not had enough time to multiply before then.

The fairgrounds site manager says she expects a surge of people to come next week for a test, but still, she was surprised by the number of people who got a test this afternoon.

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