At this point, virtually every researcher and medical professional in the world is stressing the importance of widespread COVID-19 testing to control the deadly virus. However, with some government officials sending mixed messages about testing, many people are becoming confused. In this article, we will explore what you need to know about COVID-19 testing.
6. Who Needs a COVID-19 Test?
Ashish Jha, MD, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, states, “Anybody with even the mildest of symptoms needs to get tested because we need to find out if you’re infected and if you’ve been transmitting.”
Individuals who are not displaying symptoms might or might not need testing depending on their overall health and who they spend time with in their household or work environment. People working in healthcare, law enforcement, schools, and nursing homes clearly need frequent testing with or without symptoms of the virus.
5. Monitor the Spread
It is imperative that a community practice frequent testing and contact tracing to determine how widespread the virus is in the area. Jhl goes on to say, “If you can’t test people, you don’t really know how much disease there is [or] how much disease you’re missing and right now, I’m getting worried that we’re missing a lot of cases in Texas and Florida and other states.”
Anyone who lives in a high-risk area, shares a home with someone with COVID-19 symptoms, works with someone who has been diagnosed with the virus, or who is exhibiting symptoms should have a COVID-19 test.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the following about their recommendations for COVID-19 testing on their website:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19
- Those who have had close contact (within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
- Anyone who has been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider or state health department