If I have no symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19?

As testing capacity continues to expand, health care providers may consider testing people who have no symptoms. The goal of testing would be to identify COVID-19 positive people who were not aware they were infected. Asymptomatic testing might be helpful with anyone who is:

  •     working in a high-risk occupation, such as health care workers or first responders.
  •     living in long-term care facilities or other institutionalized settings.
  •     who were in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.

However, test results must be interpreted carefully. A positive test should be treated as a case of COVID-19 and those people need to stay home and away from others for 10 days after the test was collected (assuming no symptoms develop).

A negative test on a particular day does not guarantee that a person will not develop COVID-19 at any point in the future. In addition, a negative test cannot clear someone from quarantine if they had been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing

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1. If I have no symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19?
2. Who can order the free Binax At-Home Rapid Testing
3. Should I get tested?
4. What is the difference between the tests available?
5. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
6. Should I get tested if I think I have been re-infected?
7. Where can I get tested?
8. Where can I get ongoing care including primary care if I am uninsured?
9. Are some private providers testing?
10. How much does it cost to get a COVID-19 test?
11. What about antibody/serologic testing?
12. Where can I find more testing resources and information?
13. What should I bring when I get tested?
14. How do I get my results from my test?
15. How soon will I get my results?
16. What is the difference between a rapid test and quick lab turn-around time?
17. How are rapid COVID-19 tests different from other tests?
18. What are the different types of rapid COVID-19 tests available?
19. When can rapid antigen testing be useful?
20. Where can I go to get rapid testing?
21. What questions should I ask the site that is conducting rapid testing?
22. What if I am being tested for travel?