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Should I Get The COVID-19 Test Each Week? Everyday?

Pulling up to the drive-thru testing center for COVID-19, I started to think about, what if I am positive? I’ve had a head cold, or so I thought. A quick and somewhat uncomfortable swab and I’m on my way. Two to Three days for the result of this test, as I swallow mucinex and an occasional shot of Johnny Walker (grandpas cough syrup).

I get my result on the portal, negative, after a 72-hour processing/lab period. It’s Thursday and I’m COVID free. When should I get tested again? If I go to the grocery store, I could be exposed. Hell, any place I go, any surface I touch, I could be exposed. Do I need to get tested every day? NO.

The CDC has released considerations for who should be tested.

Considerations for who should get tested
  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local external icon or state ​health department.

Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

How to get tested for current COVID-19 infection
  • If you test positive, know what protective steps to take to prevent others from getting sick.
  • If you test negative, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. The test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. Continue to take steps to protect yourself.

These guidelines are subject to change as the situation with COVID and the Flu is changing.

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