Don't Take Chances: 4 Reasons You Should Get Tested For COVID-19

Health & Medical Blog

If you haven't come down with any symptoms and you've been following stay-at-home orders, you may not think you need a COVID-19 test. But, that's not necessarily the case. Even if you've been at home for the past several months, you could have still been exposed to the virus. This is especially true if you live with family members who leave the house or you've gone to the store recently. You never know when you might come in contact with someone who's asymptomatic. Before you postpone COVID-19 testing any longer, read the information provided below. Here are four important reasons why you need to be tested for COVID-19 right away.

You're Ready to Go Back to Work

If you are heading back to work, take the time to get tested for COVID-19, especially if you work in the field of education. Before you head back into the classroom, you want to make sure that you're not carrying the virus. There may be staff members and students with weakened immune systems or other elevated risk factors. Being tested for COVID-19 before you head back to work will ensure that you're not asymptomatic. 

You'll Be Caring for Elderly Parents

If you're going to start caring for your elderly parents, now's the time to get in line for your COVID-19 test. Elderly people are at an increased risk for COVID-19. The last thing you want is to pass the virus onto your parents. The best way to prevent that is to get tested before your parents move into your home. Testing is also important if you want to visit your elderly parents. A negative test result will let you know that it's safe to see your parents.

You're Scheduled for Elective Surgery

If you're scheduled for elective surgery, don't postpone your COVID-19 test. Most hospitals and surgery centers require a negative COVID-19 test before elective surgery can proceed. If you postpone testing, your elective surgery may be rescheduled. Unfortunately, there may be an extended delay before you can have your surgery rescheduled. That's because COVID-19 has caused a backlog on elective surgeries. 

You'll Be Traveling Out of State 

If you're going to be traveling out-of-state, don't forget your COVID-19 test. Several states have travel restrictions for out-of-state visitors. If you can't show proof of testing, with a negative result, you'll need to go into mandatory quarantine once you enter the state. Some states that have restrictions include Alaska, Connecticut, and Hawaii. Before you travel to another state, check on their COVID-19 travel restrictions.

For more information, contact a COVID-19 testing center in your area.


30 July 2020