Have you been exposed to COVID-19, but tested negative?

We’ve heard questions from social media about COVID-19 tests and false positives and false negatives. Here’s what to know.

If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and test negative, you should continue to practice safe behavior like wearing a mask, washing your hands and physically distancing from other people.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and test negative, you should continue to isolate from others and consider retesting in one to two days. Getting vaccinated and boosted is the most important thing you can do to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the risk of severe infection.

To learn more about COVID-19 tests, click here: https://covidblog.oregon.gov/whats-true-and-false-about…/

OHA graphic features two chat bubbles and an illustration of a COVID-19 rapid test. Text reads: Are false negative COVID-19 test results common? What about false positives? False positives from both kinds of tests are extremely rare. If your test comes back positive, you can trust that result. Unfortunately, false negative test results are common, especially for rapid tests that may not be as accurate as PCR tests.

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