Should I Be Tested for COVID19?

Almost a year has passed since COVID-19 arrived on our shores and disrupted life as we know it. Even still, there’s plenty of misinformation swirling around.

Dr. Daniel Maenner at The Doctor’s House is here to clear up any confusion and answer your most pressing questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically whether you should be tested. Here’s what you need to know. 

Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?

It can be unsettling not knowing if you’ve been infected with coronavirus, but consider the following before you head to the nearest testing site:

Check for symptoms

The coronavirus affects people differently, but there are some telltale signs that appear 2-14 days after exposure. Consider getting a COVID-19 test if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

Some people also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and others report losing their sense of smell and taste for a period of time.

Call our office to determine if your symptoms warrant a COVID-19 test. If you develop sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, seek emergency medical attention from the nearest hospital or call 911.

Think about your exposure risk

If you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 or who’s experiencing symptoms, you may consider getting your own test. Contact Dr. Maenner to see if you need a test even if you haven’t started experiencing symptoms.

Keep in mind that being around someone positive for the coronavirus may require that you quarantine for at least 14 days to prevent the possible spread of the virus. Make plans to isolate yourself while you wait for your test results and continue to isolate if your results are positive.

Evaluate your workplace

If you work in close proximity to other people, you may want to have a COVID-19 test for your own peace of mind. You can discuss your options for COVID-19 testing with Dr. Maenner if you’re not having symptoms but have concerns about your contact with other people.

Your employer may also request that you get a COVID-19 test for the health and safety of others.

If you’re planning a trip or an elective surgery, you might also need to get tested.

Your next steps after a positive result

If your results come back positive, Dr. Maenner can recommend the best treatments and symptom management methods.

Most people recover from mild symptoms while isolated at home without medical intervention, but you may need retesting and additional medical care if your symptoms get worse.

Negative test results don’t necessarily mean you haven’t been infected or won’t get sick in the future. You may have tested negative because it was too early in the infection process. If you develop symptoms later, you likely need to be retested.

If you’d like more information about COVID-19 testing, contact our West New York, New Jersey, office today. You can give us a call at 201-869-6220 or book an appointment online

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