When Is The Best Time To Get COVID Tested With Symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19

If you or a loved one has recently been experiencing the dreaded symptoms of COVID-19, do you have to get tested right away? First of all, what are some signs of COVID-19 that need to be tested for? The common ones are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. According to CDC recommendations and guidelines, if you are experiencing multiple symptoms at the same time you should get tested immediately. (If you are having doubts on whether or not to get tested, visit our “5 Reasons to Take A COVID-19 Test” blog post).

What Precautions to take

Typically after one catches the virus, the symptoms do not show up for another day or two. Meaning by the time you catch yourself with them, it could have already been several days since you were first infected. If you do end up testing positive for the virus, you should quarantine immediately and alert the proper authorities. There are other important questions to ask regarding your condition in order to better understand the situation and prevent further spreading of the virus. How long have you been feeling symptoms and when did you first feel them? How many times have you recently left the house? When and where were these outside visits and were you using appropriate protection or social distancing? Who did you come into contact with? Are you vaccinated? All of these questions aim to pinpoint who or how you caught symptoms in order to better trace the spread of the virus and keep other safe.

If you have been experiencing symptoms and would like to get tested you can find our testing centers below. To make an appointment, look for a location near you and choose the type of test you would like to get. If you are more comfortable getting tested at home then you can also check out our Certified Teleservice for COVID-19 testing that can be used with any EUA certified test.


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