Who Should Get Tested for COVID-19

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Who should get tested?

It's currently recommended the following people should get tested for COVID-19:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • People who are fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine should be evaluated by their healthcare provider and tested for COVID-19 if indicated.
       
  • People without symptoms of COVID-19 such as:
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 (including a person who does not have symptoms within 10 days of their positive test result).
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19, such as attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded indoor settings.
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
    • People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.

What are the symptoms?

You should consider getting tested if you are having any of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Who does not need to be tested

The following people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to get tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms:

  • People who are fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine not living in a congregate setting.
  • For residents in non-healthcare congregate settings (e.g. correctional and detention facilities, group homes) and employees of residential congregate settings and high-density workplaces (e.g. meat and poultry processing and manufacturing plants), refer to CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered, as long as they do not develop new symptoms, do not need to get tested.

Additional Testing Information

  • If you have had a positive test, you do not need another test for 3 months after the test date or when symptoms began.
  • Testing children is also important, since current COVID-19 vaccines aren't available for those under the age of 12. Children may not have fever or other signs of illness yet be able to spread the virus. Your child’s provider might also test for other common illnesses, such as flu or strep throat. Testing is key to keeping you and your child safe.
  • An antibody test is done with a blood sample. This test should NOT be used to diagnose COVID-19 infection. A positive antibody indicates you were probably infected with COVID-19, but it doesn’t tell when. You should not consider yourself protected from the virus.
  • Find a free testing event near you at scdhec.gov/COVID19Testing.

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