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

The CDC recommends COVID-19 Testing for: 

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
    1. Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19 symptoms do not need to be tested following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.
    2. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider, or state, tribal, local, or territorial health department.

CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional. 

More is available information on who should get tested and when from the CDC. 

A negative test on a particular day does not guarantee that a person will not develop COVID-19 at any point in the future. Quarantine can end after Day 7 if no symptoms have developed during daily monitoring and if you have a negative molecular or antigen test. The test must be collected within 2 days of the planned end of quarantine (in other words, 5 days after exposure), and a negative test result must be back before ending quarantine Find where you can get tested at www.tchd.org/COVID-19Testing

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