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When Is COVID-19 Rapid Testing Needed?

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You might have had a COVID-19 test done at some point during the pandemic, and you might have had to wait a few days for results. Now, though, there are rapid tests that can be done at home or at a facility. These tests can provide you with results within minutes, and there are a variety of times when you might want to have one of these rapid tests done.  These are some of the times when one of these tests might be a good idea.

You're Sick

Different people suffer from different symptoms from COVID-19. Additionally, different strains have different symptoms. Therefore, it can sometimes be hard to figure out whether you have COVID-19, a cold, or the flu. If you have been having symptoms of being sick at all, then you should think about having a COVID-19 test done. Then, you can find out whether or not you have COVID-19 so you'll know whether or not you need to quarantine, and you'll know a little more about what to expect and how to treat yourself.

You've Been Exposed to COVID-19

You do still have to worry about the possibility of getting COVID-19 due to being exposed to someone who has it, even if you're vaccinated and even if you have been wearing your mask. As soon as you find out that you have been around someone who has COVID-19 — such as if you're told about it at work or if one of your family members tests positive — then you should get a rapid test. Then, you can find out whether or not you contracted COVID-19 from someone else.

You're Planning on Traveling

It's important to find out whether or not you have COVID-19 before you travel. You might be required to show proof of a test before you can board an international flight or get on a cruise ship. Even if it's not required, you'll probably want to know whether or not you're sick. After all, you don't want to travel and spread COVID-19 to others by accident. Plus, you don't want to find out that you're sick after you have already left home.

You're Attending an Event

At some big events, such as concerts or sporting events, attendees are required to provide proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the last couple of days. You don't want to worry about delays in getting into your event, and you don't want to get turned away at the gate because you don't have your test results. Therefore, you should have a rapid test done before you go to the event.

For more information, contact a local testing company, like Urgent Care Pros.