Should you get tested for COVID-19 before a date?

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As people continue to return to the dating world amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many are trying to take action to prevent their love lives from spreading the virus. For some people, that means wearing masks or social distancing on dates, while others apparently go to the extreme to get regular pre-dated COVID testing.

Unfortunately, medical experts don’t actually recommend regular testing for coronaviruses under such circumstances.

“The only people who should be tested regularly are people who work in nursing homes and healthcare workers,” Dr. Sandra Kesh, infectious disease specialist and deputy medical director of WestMed, told Insider.

Not only is checking for regular coronavirus testing before the date a waste of time and testing, it is also probably not a good indicator of your actual risk level.

“That doesn’t tell you what’s going to happen next week,” Kesh told the outlet. “It doesn’t tell you if you had the infection last week and are not shedding enough virus for the test to turn positive.”

Even if you get a negative test result before your appointment, you could still contract the virus between the time of your last test and your next date, or you could even contract the virus on the date itself.

Additionally, as we know, COVID-19 tests are not 100% accurate, so even if you get tested before each date, you cannot completely trust your test results.

More importantly, Kesh explained, “The concern is that we take the test away from people who really need it because they are symptomatic or are in a high risk environment and we offer it to people. which, really, their daily risk is very, very low.

Ultimately, your Tinder date is just not reason enough to get a high-risk patient or frontline worker who really needs it tested.

Instead, Kesh recommends that daters limit their social circles and maintain an open dialogue with their dates about social distancing practices and safety.

Much like safe sex, the rules for safe dating during a pandemic are undefined and dried out. But a little common sense, communication, and a mask go a long way.

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