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COVID-19 Testing


COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is an illness caused by a virus. This virus is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. It is called SARS-CoV-2. There are two types of tests for this virus:

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection

  • An antibody (serology) test might tell you if you had a past infection

If you think that you need a COVID-19 test, contact your health care provider. You can also check your state or local health department's website for information on testing in your area. Even if a test shows that you do not currently have COVID-19, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Start Here

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 Testing Basics (Food and Drug Administration)Also in Spanish

  • Testing for COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Also in Spanish


Diagnosis and Tests

  • Coronavirus Self-Checker (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Also in Spanish

  • Find Your Local Health Department (National Association of County & City Health Officials)

  • How to Get a COVID-19 Test (Department of Health and Human Services)


Related Issues

  • Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments (Food and Drug Administration)Also in Spanish


Specifics

  • COVID-19 Antibody Testing (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)Also in Spanish

  • How do COVID-19 Antibody Tests Differ from Diagnostic Tests? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

  • Nasal Swab (National Library of Medicine)Also in Spanish

  • Test for Current COVID-19 Infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Also in Spanish

  • Test for Past COVID-19 Infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Also in Spanish


Videos and Tutorials

  • Antibody Test for COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  • Viral Test for COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Statistics and Research

  • Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) (National Institutes of Health)


Clinical Trials

  • ClinicalTrials.gov: COVID-19 Antibody Test (National Institutes of Health)

  • ClinicalTrials.gov: COVID-19 Viral Test (National Institutes of Health)


Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

  • Article: COVID-19: Understanding Testing.

  • Article: Diagnostic Yield of Computed Tomography for the Identification of Coronavirus Disease...

  • Article: Using antibiotics wisely for respiratory tract infection in the era of...

  • COVID-19 Testing -- see more articles


Children

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Are the Different Types of Tests? (Nemours Foundation)Also in Spanish


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