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Getting re-tested?
« on: March 09, 2021, 11:53:13 AM »
I put this as a reply in another thread, but maybe I'll have better luck starting a new thread.


I had it last month. I isolated like I should, said isolation period ended on the 27th. Still had a bit of a cough and lack of taste/smell, which I understand can hang around for some time afterwards but isn't a sign I'm infectious.


Last week I attempted to return to work, seeing as I'd finished isolating. They basically sent me home again as quickly as I showed up, and they want me to ensure I'm properly well before I go back.


I was thinking that getting another test would be best "proof" I'm okay to come back, but now I'm not so sure as I've been told I could still test positive for 90 days afterwards.


Anyone else here had to re-test? How long after did you do it?




Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2021, 11:36:09 PM »
This morning, after conversations with the agency and my line manager, I tried to get a second test.


Maybe I'm too honest for my own good, but I explained my situation, and the person I spoke to, told me I can't have a second test to "prove" I'm okay to return to work.


As it turns out, I need a sick note to cover the period I've been off work since my self-isolation period ended a couple of weeks ago, I'll have to see my GP for that anyway, so I'll ask for advice.


After the isolation, I should be fine, i.e. not contagious. See previous post for how that turned out.


I still have a few things that concern me a bit so I still want some guidance here because I actually do want to go back to work now.

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Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2021, 04:10:21 AM »
The company I work for won’t let you in to the premises (well or not) without first testing yourself.
They give us a lateral flow 15 minute test kit and we we have to sit outside in the car and provide a negative test result before being allowed in.
If we want to enter the office for business critical reasons then we have to be tested twice a week.

I’ve not had a need to go in yet so continue to work from home.

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Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2021, 10:06:24 AM »
My work does lateral flow tests and I've been told not to do them until three months after I had it first time cos I might still test positive

Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2021, 10:22:58 AM »
My work does lateral flow tests and I've been told not to do them until three months after I had it first time cos I might still test positive

This is also something I've become aware of. Some confusion whether it's 28 or 90 days, but the idea I could still test positive long afterwards even though I wouldn't be passing it on to anyone.

Will be hearing back from the GP this afternoon on the phone when I can go over there to get my sick note.

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Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2021, 10:41:39 AM »
But I think most sources are pretty sure the infectious stage, at the absolute worst, doesn't last much beyond the 14 days.

Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2021, 11:06:43 AM »
So it was my work bosses being arsey, then.

I understand them erring on the side of caution, but it's been frustrating for me, these last few weeks.

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Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2021, 11:11:21 AM »
And I wouldn't trust a negative test, certainly from an LFD, as particularly meaningful.

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Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2021, 05:24:11 PM »
And I wouldn't trust a negative test, certainly from an LFD, as particularly meaningful.

Maybe so. But that’s the procedure my company has in place. That’s what we have to do.

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Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2021, 05:48:13 PM »
Maybe so. But that’s the procedure my company has in place. That’s what we have to do.

Are they the NIHP?

Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2021, 05:54:25 PM »
An update.

GP got back to me this afternoon. Explained everything again, she also told me that getting another test would be pointless, and the cough and bit of a sore throat I have now are typical and everything else I've been told means I should be okay to go back to work, so I got a sick note covering the past few weeks until this coming Monday, when I plan to go to work again.

Re: Getting re-tested?
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2021, 02:35:15 PM »
An update.

GP got back to me this afternoon. Explained everything again, she also told me that getting another test would be pointless, and the cough and bit of a sore throat I have now are typical and everything else I've been told means I should be okay to go back to work, so I got a sick note covering the past few weeks until this coming Monday, when I plan to go to work again.

And just like that, it's been decided I can't go back to work if I even have only a bit of a cough. One of the bosses is insisting I stay off sick until I'm 100%

Annoying as fuck because as far as actual doctors go, I'm about as fine as I can be.

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