Important, there are two types of tests to detect COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.
Viral tests, also known as quick tests, indicate if there currently is an infection in the body. Antibody tests may give us information to let us know that there previously was an infection in the body.
Who should get tested?
- People with symptoms of COVID-19
- People who have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
- People who were unable to keep social distance, who traveled, attended big or massive social gatherings, or who are in closed spaces with a lot of people.
Not everybody needs to get tested. If you get tested, you must remain in isolation at home while waiting for the test results and follow the directions given to you by your healthcare provider.
Where can you get tested?
Validated laboratories; there are some places where quick tests can be done directly from your car by healthcare professionals. Please inform yourself about places where you can get tested in your area.
If the test comes out positive, educate yourself and get to know all the protection measures you must follow to avoid spreading the virus.
If the test comes out negative, you were probably not infected at the time of the test. The test result only gives information of your COVID-19 status at the time of the test.
Continue following the preventive measures.
Take care, let us all take care of each other.