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Will PCR come back negative if had covid recently?

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Pl242 · 11/03/2022 11:50

Travelling to USA in 2 weeks with family and bit behind with organisation.

Know we will all need PCRs day before travel.

DH and DD had covid end January/start February.

As they didn’t get PCRs done (just LFTs) I think it will be tricky to get them recovery documentation. Also sounds like a faff.

Assume it’s unlikely they’ll test positive on a PCR still?

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mummabubs · 11/03/2022 12:03

You can still test positive on a PCR for up to 90 days after infection I believe.

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TimeForLunch · 11/03/2022 12:13

Out of interest, why are you getting a PCR? I'm travelling to the States in a week and have just booked my Antigen test which I need to do within 24 hours of my flight (could do PCR within 48 hours but wouldn't chose that option). I currently have covid but hopeful I will be negative in a week on the lateral flow! At least you can check before you do it and not have any surprises.

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Pl242 · 11/03/2022 12:36

That’s a really good point @TimeForLunch. Thank you. Just getting my head around what’s required. I’ll get DH and DD to do lfts at home this weekend. If they’re negative then should remain so (unless they get it again between now and flight. Hope not!). And then we can get antigen tests day before flight.

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Pl242 · 11/03/2022 12:37

If there are positive on lft now then I’ll look into recovery documents too for them both instead.

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TimeForLunch · 11/03/2022 12:41

Hope all goes smoothly and enjoy your trip!

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Chocolategirl19791 · 11/03/2022 12:55

You only need a lateral flow which has to be supervised forr the US. You don't need a PCR. Less likely to still test positive on a lateral flow

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abricotine · 11/03/2022 14:05

Super unlikely they’ll test negative on either by now. Enjoy your holiday!

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Pl242 · 11/03/2022 15:31

Thanks. Now just have to hope DS and I don’t get it before the trip!

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