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What are False Negatives?

February 20, 2024

False negatives with COVID-19 tests are very common and can be frustrating! How can we avoid false negatives? Here’s how:

️1️⃣ Swab your throat and saliva: They appear positive days before the nose!

2️⃣ Repeat the test: 2 tests within 48 hours catch 92% of cases that show symptoms. P.S. Remember, if you get a positive, you're contagious! Isolate for at least 5 days and wear a mask.

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Did you get a false negative COVID-19 test? False negatives are very common! Here are two steps on how to avoid false negatives. First, swab your throat and saliva, instead of your nose. Your throat will appear positive days before your nose! Second, take the test again! Taking two tests within a 48 hour period will detect 92% of cases that show symptoms. Remember, if you are positive for COVID-19. You will need to isolate for at least 5 days and use a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19! [The screen fades to show a thumbnail of a faded white background of a doctor holding hands with another individual] Deaf. Healthy. DeafHealth. Learn more at]


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