Covid-19 can make you infectious after five or even 10 days

Seeing that bright red line appear on an at-home Covid-19 test might seem inevitable during a flare-up like the one currently underway. What may be surprising is how many days later this line continues to appear.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends five days from the first symptoms or diagnosis as the minimum isolation period before infected people can resume public activities while maintaining certain precautions. Yet some people continue to test positive for the Covid-19 virus in rapid tests beyond those five days. Some even test positive after 10 days and after symptoms disappear.

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