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What To Know About COVID-19 Testing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines two kinds of tests that are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
An antibody test tells you that you had a previous infection.

An antibody test may not be able to show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after Infection to make antibodies. We do not know yet if having antibodies to the virus can protect someone from getting infected with the virus again, or how long that protection might last.

CDC has guidance for who should be tested for viral infections but decisions about testing are made by state and local health departments or healthcare providers.
Although supplies of tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested. Below, you will find a simple set of questions to determine your eligibility for testing. Under the testing eligibility screen, we have compiled a list of testing websites for all 50 states to save you time.