The omicron variant continues to surge throughout the United States, requiring millions of Americans to get tested for COVID-19.
- But there aren’t a lot of tests out there right now. So what should you do?
- “The important thing is, when you feel symptoms, assume you’re positive at this point, especially with Omicron being so prevalent,” Mina said.
Mina said people may take a rapid test and see a faint line on it to indicate a positive infection. But even a light infection is still a COVID-19 infection.
- “Does it mean you’re going to walk into a room and be a superspreader? No. But does it mean that you should go to your 90-year-old grandmother and hug her? I would say no, I wouldn’t do that. I would not want to personally be sitting next to somebody who’s still positive in any way on these tests,” Mina told CNN.
A recent study — by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the department of microbiology at Oslo University Hospital in Oslo, Norway — looked into how fast the omicron variant can spread.
- Overall, the study found that there’s a median three-day window from exposure of the omicron variant to omicron variant symptoms, as I wrote for the Deseret News.