Close contacts of COVID-19 patients should get tested 3-5 days after the exposure, Dr. Chandima Jeewandara, Director of Sri Jayewardenepura University’s Immunology and Molecular Medicine Department said today (8).
In a tweet, he said
“Previous recommendations for close contacts was to test 5-7 days after exposure. If the patients are symptomatic Rapid Antigen Tests should suit in Sri Lanka and if the patients are asymptomatic PCR tests would be more sensitive.”
However, this is my personal opinion and not the current local guidelines, he said.
“This is my opinion based on how people in S is spending for testing. I heard from a family who underwent tests for 15000:PP in a house of 8 soon after exposure and all were negative and they became symptomatic in 3 days and had to repeat the same to know all were positives,” he noted.