I have always been in pretty good health, so I was surprised one day when my doctor told me my blood pressure was a bit high. She told me to begin watching my salt intake, start exercising, and to try to relax. Well, I intended to follow her advice when I left her office, but the next day I was back to my same habits. I kept using the salt shaker and didn't begin an exercise routine like I had planned. When I went for my next check-up, she told me that my blood pressure was even higher and approaching a dangerous level. I had to begin a blood pressure medication to manage it. I wanted to create a blog to share my story and remind people to listen to their doctors' advice. If a few lifestyle changes can improve your health, then you should make them.
If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, you likely have a good reason for doing so. Perhaps you were exposed to the virus, or maybe you want to ensure that you are not sick before you visit a loved one.
Regardless of why you are interested in COVID-19 testing, it is important to get the facts straight. Here's what you need to know.
What Are the Types of COVID-19 Tests?
There are two types of tests you might consider. The viral test determines if you are currently infected with the virus. There are two methods of testing. You can talk to a provider about which test they use and which is best for your situation.
Then, there is the antibody test. This test determines if you might have had COVID in the past. It cannot tell if you are currently infected though.
Should You Get a COVID-19 Test?
You should get tested to see if you have a current infection if you have exhibited symptoms. For example, you might be coughing and have a fever. You should also consider the test if you have been in close contact with somebody who has a confirmed case of COVID.
If you have been completely vaccinated and have not had any symptoms associated with COVID, you likely do not need to be tested even if you were exposed to somebody with the symptoms. An exception might be made if you have only recently received your vaccination or if you have only received a partial vaccination. Another exception might be made if you start to exhibit symptoms.
Finally, you should consider getting tested if you take part in activities that could put you at higher risk. For example, you might travel often or may work in poorly ventilated areas. The same applies to healthcare providers.
How Can You Get Tested?
There are a few ways to get tested for COVID-19. Many testing sites are open throughout the United States, and in some cases it can be as easy as calling a medical provider. Some tests are available at home, and others can be administered in a drive-through situation.
If you have any fears that you might have COVID, now is a good time to get tested. Knowing your status makes you less likely to spread the virus to others because you will know that you need to quarantine for the protection of others.Share
23 April 2021