When should I get a COVID-19 test?
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 disease, test yourself immediately. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure, and anyone can have symptoms, even if you are vaccinated. 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
  • If you think you had close contact to someone with COVID-19 or may have been exposed to COVID-19 during travel, test yourself 5 days or later after your last exposure to the person with COVID-19 or 5 days or later after you return from travel.  

  • If you are going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk of severe disease or aren’t up to date on their COVID-⁠19 vaccines, test right before you go.

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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?