If you believe you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or contacted someone who has, then you should get tested. However, many people do not know where to get tested for the virus, or what to expect from the test. It’s important that people get tested even if they have a suspicion because it gives you the chance to not spread it further.
As we continue to navigate this pandemic, health officials will continue testing as many people as possible. This post will go over what you can expect from the test, and where you can locate a COVID-19 testing site.
Importance of Testing
Some people still don’t understand why it is so important that we continue mass testing for the virus. In short, the more people we know have the virus, the better we are able to address the situation before it gets worse.
Additionally, when someone does test positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine themselves for at least 14 days. Health officials ask people to quarantine or self-isolate so they do not spread the disease to others.
What To Expect During COVID-19 Test
Unless you have already had a test conducted by a healthcare worker, you may not know what the test actually looks like. Unlike other virus tests, which can be in the form of an oral swab, COVID-19 testing is different. Instead a long swab is carefully inserted through your nasal cavity to collect samples. After the test, you should expect results back within a week, hopefully sooner.
Depending on where you get tested, the results may come faster or slower. While awaiting your test results, health officials recommend you self-isolate or at least avoid contact with others as much as possible.
Where Can You Find A Testing Site?
If you believe you have symptoms, contacted someone who did, or just want a test, head over to a testing site. The Illinois Department of Public Health has a list of facilities that will test you, whether you show symptoms or not. Additionally, the IDPH has a list of mobile testing sites as well. For a more comprehensive list of all COVID-19 testing sites, click here.
One of the most confusing parts about COVID-19 is that it can make people asymptomatic, meaning they show no symptoms. Although it sounds like an ideal situation for an individual, an asymptomatic person can still spread the disease.
Business Insider reported that the CDC estimates 40% of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic, with a 75% chance to spread. Again, many testing sites in Illinois allow people to test regardless of symptoms.
While many other state’s continue to fail at containing the virus, Illinois remains in relatively good shape. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Illinois recorded under 1000 new cases, after recently seeing a spike in cases. So as of now, Illinois will avoid a set back in phases of reopening, a positive sign.
However, as stated before, many states and cities are pausing reopening and moving backwards in phases. One way we can prevent a set back is to get ourselves tested for COVID-19 if you believe you have symptoms or contacted someone who does.