Who should get tested?

People who have COVID-19 can spread it to others even if they don’t have symptoms. Anyone who because of their job or social life has contact with the public should consider getting tested periodically, even if you don’t have symptoms or a known exposure. The following people should get tested:

  • Adults and children who have symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, regardless of how mild their symptoms are and whether they have been vaccinated or not. Symptoms include:
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever or chills
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Cough 
    • Fatigue 
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea
  • Anyone – vaccinated or not – who meets any of the following criteria: 
    • Had close contact with someone with probable or confirmed COVID-19 
    • Attended an event identified as a cluster because multiple people at the event developed COVID-19
    • Taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19, such as attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings 
    •  Needs a COVID-19 test for travel or in order to attend an event
    • Provides direct care to those at risk for infection
    • Lives or works in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities or correctional facilities, or anyone who visits residents of those settings 
    • Have an on-site testing program through their school or workplace 
    • Have been asked or referred to get testing 

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1. What are my options for COVID-19 testing?
2. How do I find & use an at-home COVID-19 test kit?
3. What's the difference between a PCR & Antigen test?
4. Who should get tested?
5. When should I get a COVID-19 test?
6. Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
7. What should I do while I wait for my test results?
8. What does my test result mean?
9. What should I do if I test positive?
10. When should I test if I am already in home isolation because I have COVID-19 or am in home quarantine because I was exposed to COVID-19?