Testing is currently recommended if you:
Have COVID-19 symptoms: Talk to a doctor and get tested – even if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past.
Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days. (New CDC guidance as of July 27, 2021) If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. This also applies to fully vaccinated individuals. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
Are part of an outbreak investigation. If you live or work in a place where other people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may need to be tested, even if you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the past.
Testing alone will not stop the spread of COVID-19. The best way to lower your risk of getting COVID-19 is to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to continue practicing everyday prevention. This includes wearing a mask that covers both your nose and mouth, and staying home when you are sick. In addition, it is encouraged to wear a mask when indoors in public places.