When to Get Tested for Covid-19

When to Get Tested for Covid-19

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been plenty of discussion about the appropriate time to get tested for covid-19. Unfortunately, each situation is different. The situation often depends on your specific symptoms or scenario. There are differences between how you should approach testing if you show symptoms versus if you have simply been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus.

If you have been exposed and are having symptoms.

 If you have symptoms of covid-19 following exposure to someone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus or you start to develop symptoms of covid-19, you should take a covid-19 test. If you have developed covid-19 symptoms, but aren't aware of coming into contact with anyone with the virus, discuss symptoms with your physician to see if a test is necessary.

While getting a covid-19 test can offer peace of mind to people who have been exposed to someone with covid-19 or are showing covid-19 symptoms, testing should not be misused. For example, it is inappropriate to get a covid-19 test in scenarios like the following:

  • Each time you leave your house.

 The risk of getting the covid-19 virus while picking up food from a restaurant or shopping at the grocery store is very low.

  • Using your negative test result as an excuse.

 You should never use a negative test result as an excuse to travel, go without a mask, avoid social distancing, or gather in large groups.

  • You haven't experienced virus exposure.

You should never get a test for covid-19 just for the sake of getting a test. With rising covid-19 cases across the country, increased need for testing symptomatic patients and delays in test results for patients in need is a problem. If there is little to no chance that you have come into contact with someone who has the virus, save testing resources for people who have had exposure or are experiencing symptoms.

If you are exposed to someone with the virus.

If you discover that you have been exposed to a person who tested positive for the Coronavirus, you should do the following:

  • Quarantine.

Once you have had exposure, you should treat the situation as if you have tested positive for the virus. Do not go out in public for 10 to 14 days. Quarantine duration often depends on local health guidelines, and when you get tested, it is also essential to separate yourself from others within your household.

  • Monitor your symptoms

 Contact with an infected person will not cause covid-19 symptoms to appear immediately, so developing symptoms may take a few days. However, if you develop covid-19 symptoms, you should get a covid-19 test.

  • Talk to your doctor.

Your primary care physician can help you to determine when you should get tested basted based on your specific scenario.

Contact us today if you need Covid-19 testing. We are here to assist you if you are experiencing symptoms after a verified exposure and if you require a negative test result to travel.