COVID-19: What Is It And When Should You Get Tested?

The coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, has had a huge effect on the entire country. Because of the severity of the disease, it is important to be familiar with the symptoms. Thankfully, COVID-19 testing has been made easily accessible to the public.

What Is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that is rapidly spread through saliva and nasal droplets from coughing or sneezing.

This disease is prevented using the following precautions:

  • Social distancing
  • Wearing a mask
  • Frequently washing hands
  • Regular testing
  • Getting vaccinated

With close to a quarter-million deaths in the United States alone, it's very important to take the precautions above. It's also critical to get a COVD-19 test if you think you are experiencing symptoms. 

When To Get Tested 

Because COVID-19 is very easily spread, it's important to be familiar with the symptoms if you begin to experience them.

The symptoms for COVID-19 include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle and body aches

If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms, it may be time to get tested for COVID-19. It is also important, sometimes required, to get tested for the disease if you come in contact with someone who has tested positive. 

How Does the COVID-19 Test Work?

Some COVID-19 testing facilities may require you to make an appointment before going in for a test. Once you arrive at the facility, you will be tested in one of two ways. 

Nasal or Throat Swab

This test can be uncomfortable. A long swab will be inserted into the nose or mouth to collect a sample. This test should always be completed by a trained healthcare professional to ensure the most accurate results. After the sample is collected, it is sent to a lab. 

Saliva Sample

The saliva sample is not always offered. The default test will usually be the nasal swab. For this test, you will simply be asked to spit into a test tube a few times. The saliva sample will also be sent to a lab for testing. 

Where To Get COVID-19 Testing

Depending on your city, there may be different facilities set up for COVID-19 testing. If that is the case, you can make an appointment at one of those facilities. If not, call your doctor or clinic, and they may be able to direct you to the nearest testing facility. 

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