The primary function of COVID-19 testing is to test for an active infection. However, something to keep in mind is that testing for the infection can go beyond instances when an individual believes they might be positive and feels ill. There are other instances when it is often a good idea to be tested for the infection if you are unsure of your status.

1. Travel

Any type of travel should prompt a visit to a testing center, both before your departure and shortly after you return home. First, different destinations have different rules when it comes to travel with COVID. In some areas, a negative test within a certain window of your arrival is required for entry into the country or resort. As far as testing when you return home, if you do not live alone, it is a great way to ensure you are not bringing the virus back to someone in your home.

2. Potential Contact 

Whenever you get word that someone you were in close contact with has the virus, you should get tested as soon as possible. Even if you do not believe that you were exposed to the virus, the fact that the virus is airborne means that you can never be too sure. Getting a test performed just to rule out the possibility is the best way to keep those around you safer.

3. New Employment

It also makes sense to have a test performed if you are about to begin a new employment role. First impressions are incredibly important when it comes to the workplace. So, you do not want to find out you have COVID shortly after you arrive and have to request time off right away. You also do not want to bring the virus to your new coworkers. Neither scenario is exactly ideal, so be proactive and get tested beforehand. 

4. High-Risk Visits

If you plan to visit anyone who is high risk get a test performed before the visit. This step is especially important when visiting immunocompromised individuals, such as infants and the elderly. Given their increased risk, their ability to evade the virus might be limited, and if they contract it, their ability to fight it off might be equally limiting. Be kind and ensure you are virus free.

If you want to learn more about testing opportunities, contact a COVID-19 testing center, such as Urgent Care Pros, to learn more about the options available to you.