Should I get tested for Covid 19?
Testing for Covid 19 tells us if someone has a current infection. It doesn’t tell us if a person has been recently exposed or has had the virus in the past. According to the CDC, not everyone needs to be tested, and there are criteria that doctors, states, and local officials use to determine if a test is needed. Decisions are made based on symptoms and criteria, that may be related to cost or limited tests or testing materials.
Since many people only get a mild illness and recover at home, they may not need to be tested. Testing helps identify and diagnose more complex cases, to rule out other diseases and conditions. If you believe you should have a test, contact your doctor to discuss the risk factors, symptoms, and concerns.