Exposed to COVID? Here’s When to Get Tested

COVID Test

December 03, 2020

Clinical Contributors to this story:
Cristina Cicogna, M.D.
William Fleischman, M.D.
Updated: 12/13/2021

If you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or suspect you’ve been exposed, you may be wondering, should I get tested for COVID-19? 

Our experts laid out a roadmap to follow, based on CDC guidance, on when you should get tested for COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Testing Tree Infographic

Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and have recovered do not need to be tested due to an exposure, as long as they remain without symptoms.

“If you’ve had a known exposure to COVID, it’s important to take the proper precautions to protect yourself and those around you. If you’re unsure about when to get tested, contact your primary care provider and they can help guide you,” shares emergency physician, William Fleischman. M.D. “Home test kits are a good initial testing option, and are available in many pharmacies.”

The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to:

  • Get vaccinated. 
  • Wear a mask when in crowds or on public transportation, and physically distance when possible.
  • Wash your hands and avoid touching your face.

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The material provided through HealthU is intended to be used as general information only and should not replace the advice of your physician. Always consult your physician for individual care.

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