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Coronavirus Testing Doesn't Make Dating Safer

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 September 2020 04:32 PM

People are getting tested for COVID-19 before they go on dates, but healthcare experts say this practice is a waste of resources. While one-on-one dating during the pandemic is admittedly challenging, testing should be reserved only for those who are at high-risk for the coronavirus and not used as a regular pre-date ritual.

According to Business Insider, Dr. Sandra Kesh, an infectious disease expert at Westmed Medical Group in Purchase, New York, says none of the tests are 100% accurate. For example, rapid, on-site coronavirus testing is generally less reliable than tests sent to a laboratory for analysis. Public health officials say quick COVID-19 tests pick up only 70% to 80% of infected people.

And even PCR tests do not tell you if you had the disease last week and are not shedding enough virus to make the test turn positive. Nor can they predict the future if you have just been recently exposed to the coronavirus and are currently asymptomatic, Dr. Kesh says.

She says people who work in nursing homes, frontline workers or medical professionals are the only ones who need regular testing and our resources should be directed to their welfare.

Talking, instead of testing, is far a more reliable way to ensure safe dating, says the expert. Kesh suggests asking questions about their occupation, their social circle and what precautions they take to avoid infection.

"This is the time to be limited and cautious with who you have contact with, and make sure everyone's safe," she said, according to Business Insider.

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