When should you get tested for COVID-19? Which of the three main types of tests for COVID-19 will you be given?

Three main types of tests for the coronavirus

1) Molecular Testing: This FDA-approved method tests for the virus’ DNA or genetic material. This type of testing is typically processed in a certified lab where it could take 24 to 48 hours or longer to get results. Although, none of the tests are 100 percent accurate, this one is preferred  or the best accuracy.
2) Antigen Testing: This FDA-approved method is a rapid test that can produce results within 15 minutes. This test is very useful for screening due to its quick turnaround time. However, it is less accurate than molecular testing. A negative test result may need to be confirmed by a molecular test.
3) Antibody Testing: This blood test result will reveal whether or not you have been infected by the coronavirus in the past. It may take weeks for antibodies to be detected in your blood after contracting the virus. This test is not used to diagnose coronavirus.

When should you get a test?

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have exhibited a wide range of symptoms — ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. The following list includes some, but not all possible symptoms.

• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea

The CDC will continue to update this list of symptoms as it learns more about COVID-19.*

Please be responsible; wear your mask and practice social distancing.

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* Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)