What you should know if your Covid-19 test is NEGATIVE
Patient with a Negative COVID Test, but with Ongoing Symptoms– Patient Instructions
Even though your test was negative for COVID-19, you should follow certain guidelines. The test is not 100% accurate and there exists a small chance that the test result was wrong. Recommendations include:
· Do not leave your home except to obtain necessary medical care that cannot be postponed. Do not visit public areas
· If you have a necessary medical appt call the office first and discuss your symptoms and your negative test.
· No persons other that your family unit (those with whom you live) should be allowed in the house, which also matches with current social distancing guidelines.
· The patient should be isolated in a well-ventilated room
· The patient should have access to their own bathroom, if available
· Limit the movement of the patient in the house, avoid the kitchen and sharing food/kitchen items as much as possible
· Keep other household members at a distance of at least 3 feet
· The patient and household members should perform strict hand hygiene, washing as often as possible
· The patient should wear a medical mask as often as possible, especially if going into rooms shared with others.
· The patient’s clothes and bedding should be washed in hot water
· Don’t touch household pets as they could possibly carry the virus to others
· Household members should remain in the house/property as well given their exposure to a symptomatic person.
We feel that patients should follow the above guidelines for at least 3 days after symptoms have completely resolved, and strongly urge patients to increase that towards 14 days.
With any questions please call Evergreen Family Health at 802-878-1008