A year into this pandemic, we can celebrate some successes. And testing is definitely one of them.
COVID-19 testing has unlocked some return to normalcy, allowing certain industries, events, and groups of people to move safely forward.
But if you’re not required to test by an employer, it can be tricky to know when to get a COVID-19 test. Since we run COVID-19 testing centers in West Covina and Santa Clarita, California, our team at Smart Clinic Urgent Care is well-positioned to help you determine when you should get a COVID test.
Here’s our guide to help you decide.
When to get a COVID-19 test
The CDC says that not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Generally, there are a few cases in which getting a COVID-19 test makes sense.
If you’re feeling sick
When you’re feeling unwell right now, you want to know if it’s COVID or another illness.
You may want to get a COVID test if you’ve had any of the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Trouble breathing
- Body aches
- Loss of smell or taste
If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, you can book a convenient COVID-19 test with us.
If you think you’ve been exposed
If you’ve been around someone who tested positive for COVID-19, getting a test yourself is the only way to know if you’re now carrying the virus.
If you’ve been asked to do so
In some cases, a person or organization may ask you to get a COVID-19 test. You might need to test before a meeting or event, for example. The CDC also requires testing for passengers of certain flights.
If someone has asked you to get a COVID test, you can visit either of our locations to get the test you need.
If you plan to be around at-risk people — or are at risk yourself
The CDC continues to recommend that we all avoid events and gatherings. But if you’re planning to see someone who is at risk in a small group, you might want to take extra precautions to keep them safe.
Similarly, if you’re at risk, testing beforehand and asking others to do so can extend the protections offered by wearing a mask and socially distancing.
As COVID testing gets faster and more convenient, it’s easier than ever before to get a test before you plan to see someone from outside your household.
How to get a COVID test
Whatever your reason for wanting or needing a COVID-19 test, our team can provide it. We currently offer three different test options for you:
- A 30-minute rapid antigen test
- A 48-72 hour test that’s approved for flight clearance
- A 48-72 hour antibody blood test to determine if you’ve ever had COVID-19
By providing multiple testing options at our two locations, we aim to make it as easy as possible for you to get the test you need.
If you’re ready to schedule your COVID-19 test, use our testing center website to book it today. You can contact us for any other health needs by phone or online.