If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider to determine whether they recommend you schedule a personal test at this time.
If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you should schedule a test 3-5 days after exposure to determine if you have the virus. Exposure to someone with COVID-19 includes any close interactions you have had with a person who has tested positive and is currently experiencing symptoms.
If you have recently traveled or come into contact with large groups of people, especially where social distancing was not possible or mask-wearing did not occur, you may want to get tested for COVID-19 exposure.
When in doubt, contact your healthcare provider to explain your concerns and they can recommend whether or not you may require personal testing for COVID-19 at this time.
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or worry you may have been exposed to the active virus, it is currently recommended that you schedule a test 3-5 days after initial exposure. The virus needs time to incubate in your body before it can be accurately detected with a diagnostic test, so testing too early can result in a false negative.
If you are interested in finding out whether you have been exposed to the virus in the past, then you can schedule an antibody test. An antibody test looks for evidence of antibodies in your blood that your body developed to help fight the infection. A COVID-19 antibody test is most accurate at least 14 days after you experienced any symptoms. It is important to note that you can test positive for antibodies in your system without ever having experienced symptoms of the virus, which is commonly referred to as being asymptomatic. This simply means that you were exposed to the virus but your body was able to successfully fight it off without bringing about any symptoms.
To schedule personal testing for COVID-19, you should create an account with Paradigm on our patient portal. Once logged in, you can search for fixed or mobile testing sites in your area and schedule a test through your patient portal account.