Should you get tested for COVID-19 before holiday gatherings?

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(WFXV-TV) — Families are doing things differently this holiday season. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, some are questioning if they should get tested before gathering with loved ones.

“Testing I think can give people a false sense of security because you can test negative today develop and symptoms tomorrow,” – Heidi Bond BSN, CPH, Otsego County Department of Health

However, if you do want to get tested, Bond says to plan ahead of time.

“My recommendation would be to test you know 3 or 4 days prior to leaving and then test again maybe right before you go, Then the important thing is once you test to then quarantine yourself.” – Heidi Bond BSN, CPH, Otsego County Department of Health

Governor Cuomo said private gatherings can’t exceed 10 people. Bond says even if you follow the right procedure by getting tested, you have to consider if others have done it too.

“It depends on those 10 people, right? Who’s there? You have to remember that you know what other people do affects you also as an individual.” – Heidi Bond BSN, CPH, Otsego County Department of Health

However, Bond maintains that the safest way to celebrate the holiday is by not gathering at all.

“I think some other things you can do is zoom or facetime to share some time together and not being in person. You could make a meal and take it to your family but you know just drop it to them or pass it to them briefly. It’s not what I want to be saying the day before Thanksgiving, but we have to or we’re just going to see these numbers continue to rise if we don’t change our behaviors.” – Heidi Bond BSN, CPH, Otsego County Department of Health

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