COVID positive

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Specializes in EMT since 92, Paramedic since 97, RN and PHRN 2021. Has 1 years experience.

   The other day my wife and I went to our local mom and pop pharmacy and got tested. The pharmacy came to our vehicle and we both swabbed. My wife, who is an X-ray tech, swabbed her nose quickly before I could watch her do it.  She is a scaredy-cat when it comes to anything invasive.  I, knowing the requirements because of my ER posting, jabbed my brain swabbing.  My wife tells me she barely put it in and just twirled around the very beginning of the nares.  After we get home my wife tells me that she had ordered home Covid tests and they arrived that morning. The pharmacy test would be atleast 24 hours before results are emailed.  So I tell her we are doing the home tests and I will swab her.  Needless to say both of our swabs came back positive. She has two vaccine doses and I have both and a booster. My symptoms have been a very very light flu’ish feeling. Wife’s symptoms are headache , mostly alleviated with advil.  Had to get tested cause our grandson is one and cannot be vaccinated.

   So now I’m wondering when I should go back to work. I called the nursing supervisor Friday morning when I did the home test and she believes that I can come back when I am no longer symptomatic and wear an N95 mask.

   Does anyone else have any experience of when they went back to work post positive test?   I work in the ER.

JBMmom, MSN, NP

Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 10 years experience. 4 Articles; 1,931 Posts

With the changing requirements in all facilities these days I think the only way to answer this is to contact employee health at your own facility. I know that even my nursing supervisor isn't kept up to date on the actual requirements. Hoping you recover quickly. 

emtpbill, ASN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMT since 92, Paramedic since 97, RN and PHRN 2021. Has 1 years experience. 430 Posts

20 minutes ago, JBMmom said:

With the changing requirements in all facilities these days I think the only way to answer this is to contact employee health at your own facility. I know that even my nursing supervisor isn't kept up to date on the actual requirements. Hoping you recover quickly. 

Thanks JBMmom.    Yea, I figured as much. Have to call tomorrow when everyone is back in from the holiday.   
   Honestly , I’m not mad o have Covid, I’m mad cause I missed holiday/OT/crisis bonus from my shift I missed this past Friday overnight.