WHO SHOULD GET TESTED?
Vaccinated or not, individuals who:
- have COVID-19 symptoms;
- Testing should occur immediately
- had close contact with someone with COVID-19:
- testing should occur 5 days after the last exposure, or immediately if symptoms start
- the date of the last exposure is considered day 0
- day 1 is the first full day after the last contact with a person who has COVID-19
- plan to travel; CDC travel guidance
- plan to attend a gathering, especially indoors with others who are not in your household; this is especially important before gathering with unvaccinated children, older individuals, those who are immunocompromised, or individuals at risk of severe disease.
- work in an organization that requires COVID-19 testing; or
- have been asked or referred by a health department, school, workplace, or healthcare provider to get tested.
*Note: Rapid, at-home self-tests do not need to be taken on a daily basis (i.e. when running daily errands) unless you are feeling symptoms, directed by your employer, or your daily activities include close contact with people who are not in your household.