When Is It the Appropriate Time to Get A COVID-19 Test?

March 2, 2022

The latest advancements in COVID-19 testing have increased the availability, accuracy, and speed of diagnostic testing. Many patients wonder when it is an appropriate time to get a COVID-19 test.

You should get tested for the virus any time that you believe you may have been exposed to the virus, are displaying symptoms of illness, or believe you have the potential to put others at risk.

Urgent Care Centers offer same-day COVID-19 testing services on your schedule.

If You Have Been Exposed

You should get tested any time that you believe that you may have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19.

If You Are Having Flu-Like Symptoms

The Flu and COVID-19 are both serious viral infections that have the potential to cause serious complications in vulnerable populations. Both of these conditions often display similar symptoms and require patients to be seen by a medical professional for a diagnosis. A doctor can complete a viral panel and have the results back the same day.

Symptoms of COVID-19 Include:

  • Mild Fever
  • Headache
  • Runny Nose
  • Cough
  • Body Aches
  • Loss of Taste/Smell
  • Fatigue

Urgent Care Centers offer both flu and COVID-19 diagnostic testing services quickly and affordably.

If You are Hosting a Holiday Gathering

If you are hosting a holiday gathering, be sure to protect your friends and relatives by getting tested for COVID-19 before you invite guests inside your home. This is a responsible and important decision that could prevent catastrophic virus transmission to vulnerable populations.

You should also practice good housekeeping, including regular disinfection of surfaces throughout the home, especially in high-touch areas. Further protect guests by asking about their vaccination status and encouraging them to wear masks in your home.

Get Tested Before Traveling

It is critical to get tested for COVID-19 before you travel. This is important for the health and safety of those who are high-risk for COVID-19 complications, including hospitalization, and/or death. Many airlines also require a negative COVID-19 test before air travel to ensure that you do not spread the virus.

When You Return Home

You should have yourself tested for COVID-19 when you return home from your travels, before you return to work, and/or your children return to school. This will ensure that no one contracted the virus and will help you know if you need to self-isolate to prevent spreading it throughout your community.

Urgent Care Provides COVID-19 Tests

High-risk populations can suffer from potentially life-threatening complications from COVID-19. Do your part in protecting yourself, family and friends, and community. Stop in your local Urgent Care office today for a test to rule out COVID-19 before you travel and be sure to come back when you return home.

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