If you think you've been exposed and are experiencing symptoms like these, contact your doctor or your local health department.
A fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher Coughing and difficulty breathing Testing facilities have become more widely available in most states. Some require an appointment, while others are simply walk-in. In addition, certain home testing kits are now accessible.
The most common procedure is a swab test. It scans your upper respiratory tract for symptoms of the infection. A swab is inserted into your nose by the individual doing the test to obtain a sample from the back of your nose and throat. The sample is normally sent to a lab where it is examined for viral material, but certain places may have fast tests that can provide results in as little as 15 minutes.
The test is positive if there are symptoms of the infection. A negative test could indicate that the virus isn't present or that there wasn't enough to measure. This can happen early in the course of an infection. The tests must be collected, kept, delivered to a lab, and processed, so findings normally take 24 hours.
A swab test can only tell you if the virus is present in your body at the time. However, you might want to consider getting an antibody test to see if you've ever been exposed to the virus, even if you didn't have any symptoms. This is critical information for officials trying to figure just how widespread COVID-19 is. It might also help them figure out who is immune to the virus in the future. More tests are being developed by the FDA in collaboration with laboratories across the country
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