A Guide to Good Health

When Should You Be Tested for Covid-19?

Covid-19 has been around for some time now and with vaccinations being available to just about everyone, it will eventually, hopefully, begin to fade away. It is here now, however, and even with a vaccine, you can still get this virus. It's imperative that you are tested for the virus if you feel ill, but for some, they may not realize they should be tested, because their symptoms may not be as severe as others. If you aren't sure if you should be tested for Covid-19, read on for a few signs and times that you should. 

You've Lost Your Sense of Taste or Smell

If you've lost your senses of taste or smell, it's time to get tested. This is one of the symptoms that points directly at Covid-19, although with different variants, you may not have this symptom at all. If you have lost these senses, you need to get to a testing facility right away to be sure you don't have the virus. Don't go to school or to work, get tested, and try your best to quarantine until you have results.

You Feel Achy, Have a Fever or a Sore Throat

If you are feeling achy, you have a mild fever, sore throat, headache, cough, and/or a runny nose, these are all symptoms of the virus and something you should consider before just thinking you have a common cold. The newest variant of the virus has these milder symptoms, and you may not lose your sense of taste or smell at all. You may just feel ill for a day or two, but are still carrying around the virus. If you feel ill in any way, you should be tested for the virus to be sure.

You've Been Around Someone With Covid

If you've been close to someone that has been diagnosed with Covid and were within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes, you should get tested. You could get the virus from someone else that has the virus, as it is spread through the mucous membranes. Talking closely with someone without a mask on is one of the easiest ways of getting this virus, and you should be tested before you spread it to someone else.

If you aren't sure if or when you should be tested for Covid, talk to your physician or a testing facility about other signs or symptoms, or about any other questions you may have about the virus and testing. If you need to be tested, get to the local testing facility and have a Covid-19 test done.