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Woman Shares How Long It Took For Her To Test Positive For Covid After Developing Symptoms

Rebecca Shepherd

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Woman Shares How Long It Took For Her To Test Positive For Covid After Developing Symptoms

A woman has shared how long it took for her to test positive for Covid after developing symptoms, urging people to 'keep testing':


Ariel Dumas, a writer on The Late Show, took to TikTok to tell people how she waited 11 days to get a positive test result.

She explained how her partner tested positive on a PCR test taken on 10 December. He didn't get his results until 14 December.

From then, Ariel did rapid home tests which were showing negative. She also got a PCR test on 13 December, which came back negative.

She then started to show symptoms of Covid and explained in her video that she is vaccinated and has also had her booster jab.

Credit: Twitter/@ArielDumas
Credit: Twitter/@ArielDumas

On 19 December, she took another PCR test which came back to her with a positive result, which she received on 21 December - 11 days after her boyfriend's positive result.

In the TikTok video, which she has also shared on Twitter to over 60,000 followers, she said: "That’s a full 11 days after my partner tested positive."

She added: "Moral of the story, if you think you have a bad cold, you don’t. You have Covid.

"The reason you’re testing negative is probably because your viral load is not beefy enough to show up on a test. Keep testing."

She shared the video as she wanted to urge people to continue doing tests.

Credit: Twitter/@ArielDumas
Credit: Twitter/@ArielDumas

When she posted the video on to Twitter, she wrote: "I had Covid symptoms, but 2 negative PCRs and 3 negative rapids. I felt crazy! Then I tested positive. So, I made a TikTok about it."

Responding to her video, one person said: "VERY helpful. Thanks for sharing. I’m sending this to all my friends with roommates that tested positive but are coming back negative and think they’re cool to keep getting out."

Another who has found themselves in a similar situation commented: "I'm having symptoms, did 2 rapid tests, negative... and I just got a letter from my job that a person tested positive on Monday.

"So I guess..it will show up positive by when? 5 days after initial symptoms? The line up for testing are 3h long..in the snow."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: News, US News, Coronavirus

Rebecca Shepherd
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