Dear Signature Family and Friends,
COVID cases, percent of positive tests and hospitalizations are on the rise in North Carolina and elsewhere. Please continue to be vigilant about avoiding exposure. Now is NOT the time to let your guard down.
Rapid Tests – most rapid tests have a high FALSE NEGATIVE rate (meaning they are negative when someone actually has COVID), especially in asymptomatic people. Recent examples of the pitfalls of using rapid testing to screen asymptomatic people are the Rose Garden event at the White House and the Baylor football team (28 active COVID-19 cases despite testing 3x/week). We DO NOT recommend rapid testing for screening asymptomatic people.
A word about exposure – it takes several days after exposure for a COVID-19 test to become positive. We recommend waiting a minimum of 5 days (or at onset of symptoms) for COVID-19 testing after exposure.
Get a flu shot. Now.
Consider purchasing a blood pressure cuff and a pulse oximeter to keep on hand in case of infection. Ensure you have a functioning thermometer.
WHAT WE KNOW and WHAT WE DON’T KNOW currently:
What we DON’T know :
What we DO know
What we PARTIALLY know
Yours in Good Health,
The Signature Healthcare Team
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