What are COVID-19 Self-Tests and When Should a Self-Test Be Used?
COVID-19 self-tests or self-collection kits are readily available and can be used at home or anywhere else. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has information on its website about which self-tests are authorized for use.
Testing is an important tool to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. If you need to get tested for COVID-19 and can’t get to a health care provider, self-tests, or home tests as they are sometimes called, can be used to get preliminary results.
How do you know if you need to get tested for COVID-19? People should get tested if:
- They have symptoms of COVID-19.
- They have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status.
- People who are fully vaccinated should get tested 3-5 days after exposure.
- People who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine and be tested immediately after being identified, and, if negative, tested again in 5–7 days after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop during quarantine.
More information about who should get tested is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.