Types of COVID-19 tests
- Molecular tests (commonly called PCR, TMA, NAAT)
- Antigen test (most self-test kits)
What if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
- When to test: Regardless of vaccination status, test ASAP
- Which test:
- Antigen - Quick results but if negative, need a molecular test to confirm you do not have COVID-19
- Molecular tests - Results take longer but will be the only test you need to take
What if I have a known exposure but no symptoms?
- When to test:
- Vaccinated: 5 days after exposure
- Unvaccinated: ASAP and again at 5-7 days if the first test was negative
- Which test - Either antigen or molecular are acceptable
What about surveillance testing – no known exposure and no symptoms?
- Either antigen or molecular test are accetpable
What about testing within 90 days after positive test?
- Antigen testing is best
- Molecular testing can stay positive after full recovery