COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is an illness caused by a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. There are two types of tests for this virus (SARS-CoV-2 ):
- A viral test tells you if you have a current infection
- An antibody (serology) test might tell you if you had a past infection
If you think that you need a COVID-19 test, contact your health care provider. Even if a test shows that you do not currently have COVID-19, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others.
Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the following groups should be tested for COVID-19
- 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 taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot socially distance as needed, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings.
- People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local, 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.
Need to Get Tested for COVID-19?
We provide COVID-19 testing at all of our locations as well as bringing a mobile testing clinic to you!
When Should I Get Tested For COVID-19 After Being Exposed?
After coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 self-quarantine at home for five days, then get tested.
The virus can be spread as soon as two to three days before developing symptoms. Symptoms occur on average 5 to 7 days after exposure, with some cases lasting as long as 14 days. If you live with or care for people who are at risk for severe illness from COVID-19, consider self-quarantining for a full 14 days.
Self-quarantining after exposure helps to limit the spread of the virus in your home and community, even if you are not experiencing symptoms.
How Long Does it Take to Get COVID-19 Test Results?
At Vickery Vaccine Services, we make it quick and easy to be informed about your COVID-19 status. On average, you’ll receive our test results with 48-72 hours.
- If you test positive, be informed of what protective steps you should take to prevent others from getting sick.
- If you test negative, this most likely means you 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. You should continue to take steps to protect yourself from COVID-19.
COVID-19 Testing for Groups
We bring on-site testing clinics to organizations, schools, colleges, retirement communities, and businesses.