SHOULD I GET TESTED FOR COVID-19?
Tests are most accurate for people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Diagnostic testing is recommended for:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
- All close contacts, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection with COVID-19, may seek testing at least 5 days after their exposure.
WHICH COVID-19 TEST SHOULD I GET?
Test for Current Infection
Normally provided at a medical clinic, testing clinic or pharmacy, PCR tests tell you if you have an infection at the time of the test. Results are available in 1+ days.
These tests can be done by a medical provider or at home and are used to detect a current infection. Results are available in 15 minutes. A negative rapid test result may not be reliable, especially if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19.
WHAT DO MY TEST RESULTS MEAN?
What if I test negative?
AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 8 at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free.
Additional tests can be purchased online or from pharmacies and grocery stores. Check with your insurance company to see if at-home tests are covered.