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