The omicron variant of the coronavirus has changed the game when it comes to getting a rapid COVID-19 test before an event.
- This is because the omicron variant is more infectious than the delta variant, meaning someone could catch the virus quicker than the previous variants.
- “It doesn’t matter the type of test, the most important thing is to test just before the event of participation,” he said.
- “Certainly, compared to the Delta variant, we’re seeing more of these multiple infection events,” Spector told The Guardian. “Delta didn’t seem to affect everyone at an event — just one out of six vaccinated people might get ill then.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that fully vaccinated people get a COVID-19 test five to seven days after close contact with a person who is suspected of getting infected with COVID-19.