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.
  • Those who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • Updated quarantine guidance after you are exposed to someone with Covid-19 can be found on the CDC website and CDPHE website.

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 information is available 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. For 14 days after exposure, regardless of your quarantine length, you should:

  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and get tested.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Avoid contact with high-risk individuals.

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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. How do I order the free BinaxNOW At-Home rapid testing kit?
5. How can I get to a testing site if I don’t have transportation?
6. If I have no symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19?
7. What is the difference between the tests available?
8. Should I get tested if I think I have been re-infected?
9. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
10. Where can I get ongoing care including primary care if I am uninsured?
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 options are there for a homebound person to get tested or vaccinated?
23. What are the requirements for travel?