Testing for COVID-19
Types of tests available for COVID-19:
- A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
- An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection
Who should be tested:
- Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not needed to be tested.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first.
- You can also visit your state or local health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 by a viral test, know what protective steps to take.
- If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing.
For more information about Coronavirus testing visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html