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Awful cough after negative test
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lurchersrule · 18/11/2020 21:04

A colleague who had been isolating since Monday after developing a cough returned to work today following a negative test result. I thought that was against the rules but it turned out she had an awful cough still! Not persistent as such but when it came I'd never heard anything like it in my life! She was sent home after a few hours but I had sat about 2m away from her for some of that time - not face to face, sort of behind her.

I'm so anxious now and angry as well. Why would anyone do that?

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SpillingTheTea · 18/11/2020 21:06

Sorry I'm confused if she had a negative result why is it against the rule?
I get you feel anxious but her result came back negative Confused

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BBCONEANDTWO · 18/11/2020 21:06

eShe's proper poorly by the sound of it but not covid as she's had a negative result. Sounds like she's needing some proper rest.

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userxx · 18/11/2020 21:09

Does she get full pay if she's off sick?

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Remmy123 · 18/11/2020 21:17

There are other illnesses out there other than covid?

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lurchersrule · 18/11/2020 21:18

Well Johnson is self-isolating after a negative test. NHS says if you feel unwell and test negative you should stay home. She kept saying 'Oh, I'm fine thank you!' when people asked if she should be in Hmm.

She would get full pay when off.

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Todaythiscouldbe · 18/11/2020 21:20

@lurchersrule

Well Johnson is self-isolating after a negative test. NHS says if you feel unwell and test negative you should stay home. She kept saying 'Oh, I'm fine thank you!' when people asked if she should be in Hmm.

She would get full pay when off.

He's self isolating as he came into contact with a positive case so it is totally different.
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OpheliasCrayon · 18/11/2020 21:21

Symptoms -- test - negative result = can go back to work immediately.

Been traced as a contact of someone who's tested positive = stay at home for 14 days regardless of negative test as the theory is you could test negative but then develop symptoms at some ookt after so you have to isolate 2 weeks.

She's done nothing wrong. She can be at work

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OpheliasCrayon · 18/11/2020 21:21

That didn't mean to have a like through test.

Symptoms... Get a test...negative result = fine to go back to work

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Piggywaspushed · 18/11/2020 21:22

You are correct. You are supposed to stay at home until symptoms clear. same as with any infectious illness.

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lurchersrule · 18/11/2020 21:22

There have been positive cases where we work but she's not a close contact apparently. She will have been near though, we all have. I just think why come in coughing over everywhere in these circumstances? It was a bloody nasty cough and not one to spread around, Covid or not.

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m0use · 18/11/2020 21:22

She's done nothing wrong - simmer down

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PurpleDaisies · 18/11/2020 21:23

She has a negative test. She is doing nothing wrong. The text or email you get says you don’t have to continue to isolate if you were isolating because of symptoms.

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lurchersrule · 18/11/2020 21:27

It's alright saying simmer down - who wants to sit next to someone coughing their head off like a sealion during a pandemic? Everyone here would be fine with it apparently. I'm angry, yes. I've also read about false negatives, so that's another worry.

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Piggywaspushed · 18/11/2020 21:27

Unless you still ahve symptoms! Which she does!

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indemMUND · 18/11/2020 21:28

Negative test, you go back to work if you feel well. DD had a horrific cough for 7 weeks this time last year, never heard anything like it. She was well enough in herself but school kept sending her home because it sounded so awful. Many GP appointments and even a trip to the hospital to get checked out. It was post nasal drip. If that had happened this year I dread to think how people would have reacted.

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3littlewords · 18/11/2020 21:29

Shes done nothing wrong! She's had a test it was negative. People did cough before covid you know!
I've got a terrible cough, I'm asthmatic I cough all the time sometimes quite badly, I was tested and was negative I feel well enough to resume to work and normal life despite the bad cough.
Seriously get a grip of yourself

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lurchersrule · 18/11/2020 21:29

Well, everyone except Piggy anyway...

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Witchymoo · 18/11/2020 21:30

@Remmy123

There are other illnesses out there other than covid?

Absolutely this
I’ve got a dreadful chest infection which makes people look round , I’m now on antibiotics, if her test was negative I don’t see the problem, she probably has a dreadful chesty / infection cold like me
Don’t make her feel like shit please , my manager did this , I’ve had the bad chest for a month , I don’t want to go back to work if I’ve still got the cold as I know she’ll be a bully about it but SSP only goes so far
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PurpleDaisies · 18/11/2020 21:30

Come on. Who can afford to stay off work every time they’ve got a cold? I would literally miss half the school year.

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lurchersrule · 18/11/2020 21:31

Yes, people get coughs that aren't Covid, but this woman doesn't - or isn't prone to them. We work somewhere where there have been positive cases in the last week. And people are seriously telling me they'd be fine with this?

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Piggywaspushed · 18/11/2020 21:31

There is a difference between coughing several months after testing negative and a few days afterwards.

The NHS do say if you are still exhibiting symptoms you should stay home. Partly because of false tests. partly out of acknowledgement that no one wants another illness also being passed around.

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lurchersrule · 18/11/2020 21:32

I've already said she'd be on full-pay.

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lurchersrule · 18/11/2020 21:34

Thank you, Piggy. Who wants to sit at home for a few days, maybe with family having to self-isolate too, worrying that it may be Covid, just because someone couldn't stay home a couple more days?

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Oly4 · 18/11/2020 21:34

She’s done nothing wrong. She had a rest and it’s negative so she can go back to work

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PurpleDaisies · 18/11/2020 21:35

@lurchersrule

Yes, people get coughs that aren't Covid, but this woman doesn't - or isn't prone to them. We work somewhere where there have been positive cases in the last week. And people are seriously telling me they'd be fine with this?

With a negative test, yes I’d be fine with that.
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