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Carbon Health , Castro

Carbon Health

4.2(5 reviews)
1998 Market St, San Francisco, CA 941021998 Market St
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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COVID testing & Rapid testing near me in San Francisco, CA

Find and book COVID testing and rapid testing appointments in San Francisco and get same-day results. Convenient, top-rated providers with same-day testing.

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Carbon Health , Castro

Carbon Health

4.2(5 reviews)
1998 Market St, San Francisco, CA 941021998 Market St
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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I was seen quickly, without being in a waiting room for hours! Friendly and thorough, an amazing patient experience!

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Carbon Health, Hills Plaza

Carbon Health

4.5(2 reviews)
345 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105345 Spear St
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Carbon Health , Irving St.

Carbon Health

5.0(4 reviews)
2131 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 941222131 Irving St
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Carbon Health, SF Stonestown

Carbon Health

5.0(4 reviews)
3251 20th Ave, San Francisco, CA 941323251 20th Ave
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Carbon Health , Alameda Landing

Carbon Health

4.75(8 reviews)
2690 Fifth St, Alameda, CA 945012690 Fifth St
OpenTue 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
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I was in a hurry and the staff was friendly and acted efficiently.
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Carbon Health, Oakland

Carbon Health

4.83(6 reviews)
411 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610411 Grand Ave
OpenTue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Carbon Health , Albany

Carbon Health

5.0(1 reviews)
1080 Monroe St, Albany, CA 947061080 Monroe St
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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$60
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Carbon Health , Berkeley

Carbon Health

5.0(2 reviews)
2920 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 947052920 Telegraph Ave
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Carbon Health , Corte Madera

Carbon Health

5.0(4 reviews)
303 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA 94925303 Corte Madera Town Center
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Spur of the moment Covid test - quick, easy, fast.
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Carbon Health , San Rafael

Carbon Health

5.0(5 reviews)
411 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901411 3rd St
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Carbon Health, San Leandro

Carbon Health

4.0(3 reviews)
1353 Washington Ave, San Leandro, CA 945771353 Washington Ave
OpenTue 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Carbon Health, San Mateo

Carbon Health

4.0(4 reviews)
46 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 9440346 W Hillsdale Blvd
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Carbon Health, Novato

Carbon Health

3.7(15 reviews)
132 Vintage Oaks Way, Novato, CA 94945132 Vintage Oaks Way
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Carbon Health, Vallejo

Carbon Health

4.71(7 reviews)
784 Admiral Callaghan Ln, Vallejo, CA 94591784 Admiral Callaghan Ln
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Recent patient review

The staff was very helpful and efficient. I was impressed by their attention to providing the patient with information about Covid and the process for doing the test.
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Carbon Health, American Canyon

Carbon Health

5.0(3 reviews)
3431 Broadway, American Canyon, CA 945033431 Broadway
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Medical Center Of Marin, Corte Madera Virtual Visit

Medical Center Of Marin

4.36(53 reviews)
101 Casa Buena Dr, Corte Madera, CA 94925101 Casa Buena Dr
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Recent patient review

Only a half hour wait on a Friday at 11:30 AM. The female doctor, sorry I didn’t get name, was personable and professional. After waiting ten hours, yes ten, at a hospital ER with my father last week, this was a refreshing change. Overall good experience. Maybe I just got lucky o wait times. Appointment times are available in their website. I did not realize they take Walk-Ins too, that should be made clearer on website. .
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Medical Center of Marin, Corte Madera

Medical Center of Marin

4.6(262 reviews)
101 Casa Buena Dr, Corte Madera, CA 94925101 Casa Buena Dr
OpenTue 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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Recent patient review

Nice and courteous staff! Like always.❤️
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After Hour Pediatrics, Urgent Care - Kids Only

After Hour Pediatrics

4.74(351 reviews)
210 Baldwin Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401210 Baldwin Ave
OpenTue 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Mon 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Staff was very friendly and eased my daughter’s discomfort. Facility was inviting.
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ARCpoint Labs , Martinez

ARCpoint Labs

4.18(28 reviews)
3237 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA 945533237 Alhambra Ave
OpenTue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • SatUnknown
  • Sun10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Recent patient review

So quick and easy with an appointment! They had same day appointments available.
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BASS Urgent Care

BASS Urgent Care

4.75(551 reviews)
2637 Shadelands Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 945982637 Shadelands Dr
OpenTue 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Curbside COVID-19 test. Very easy to schedule appointment. Terrific staff, knowledgeable, fast response!
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Latest COVID Testing updates

May 10, 2022
The nation's flu positivity test rate reached nearly 10 percent in mid-April, making it the first time such an increase has occurred so late in the flu season since 1982 (NBC News)
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The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is intrinsically as severe as previous variants, according to a preprint version of a large U.S. study that counters assumptions in other studies that it was more transmissible but less severe. (Reuters)

COVID Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost?

    In many cases, COVID testing can be free. Many state and local health departments continue to offer free testing to community residents as part of their response to the pandemic. In other cases, commercially insured patients, or those on Medicare or Medicaid, may receive testing at no out of pocket cost, or with a nominal office visit copay. For cash paying patients, or those that need rapid COVID testing which will deliver results in under an hour, COVID tests can range from $50 to $150 each. It is best to call your healthcare provider prior to getting tested to better understand the cost of the specific test you require.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing in San Francisco?

    COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. Check with your San Francisco-area health department as they are generally a good source for free COVID tests, or can at least point you in the right direction. Additionally, you can ask your primary care provider to recommend a free COVID test site.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in San Francisco?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near San Francisco including urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care offices, health departments, and more. Different venues will have different types of tests available, many at different price points. Some testing sites are allowing walk-in patients, however, many are still requiring some degree of advance booking to control patient volume.

  • Where can I get a rapid COVID test in San Francisco?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many San Francisco-area urgent care centers and physician offices, usually at an additional cost ranging from $50 up to $150 per test. Usually this will allow you to get results back in under an hour, and require advanced booking through the provider. However, if you can wait 24 hours for your results, many labs are turning around send-out lab tests in that time frame, which could save you some money.

  • How to make an appointment for COVID testing in San Francisco?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in San Francisco are bookable directly through Solv. Simply browse the list of healthcare providers conducting COVID tests above, find one with a “Book Online” button, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “COVID-19 Test” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I get tested for antibodies if I am sick with COVID-19?

    An antibody test for COVID-19 might inform you if you previously had a coronavirus infection. Because it can take between 1–3 weeks after an infection for your body to develop these antibodies, an antibody test during an active infection would not be successful. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.

  • Do I need a COVID test if I have been vaccinated?

    Even if you have been fully vaccinated, if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, experts believe that you should be tested yourself, particularly if you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms commonly aligned with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    Getting a COVID test is quick. Most tests are done with a nasal swab, which takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. Depending on where you get your COVID test, this means you could be in and out of the testing site in as little as 10-15 minutes. During busy times—particularly around holidays—testing sites may be busier than usual and wait times may be longer.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results?

    Most labs are returning send-out molecular (PCR) COVID test results within 24-48 hours of the test. Some sites take longer, so call and ask if the reason for the test is proof for travel. Rapid COVID tests are processed on-site and are able to deliver results in under an hour, sometimes in as little as 15 min.

  • Do COVID tests detect the Delta variant and Omicron variant?

    Regular COVID tests are able to detect both the Delta variant and Omicron variant in that they can determine whether or not you have the coronavirus. However, they can't tell which variation is involved. That would necessitate genomic sequencing, which is a different process from regular virus testing that not all labs can undertake. Sequencing is uncommon and can cost up to $100 per test. Since the treatment is the same for any variant, it is not clinically useful to an individual patient to know whether the infection was caused by a variant or not.

Recent COVID Testing reviews (20)

Quick and no hassle appointment for a COVID test for a dental procedure. Easy online check-in. It was a bit strange to conduct the test in the doorway of the clinic, but as I said, it was done very quickly.

- Verified patient on 2/1

I did my COVID test there, and upon arrival staff were friendly and accommodating. Great customer service!

- Verified patient on 4/11

I have been extremely sick for four days now and I have been here several times and I always had a great experience but this time they did not offer to take my temperature or check my oxygen all they did was take my blood pressure The doctor did listen to my breathing and then they give me a shot and the doctor told me he was going to give me some medicine they did not do an x-ray on my chest which is extremely congested and feels like I have a horse on top of me it was late when I got there and I understand they were tired and ready to go home but still yet when a sick person comes in you would think they would take care of them as they would if it was in the morning. I was very disappointed and I am still very sick and will probably end up having to go to the hospital maybe that’s where I should’ve went to begin with but I will not use Sevierville Hospital so I have to go to Knoxville and I have no energy and really don’t know that I want to make that drive by myself. I know you can call an ambulance but I don’t feel like this is an emergency but if my breathing does not get better maybe it will be. I just feel like they could have done more as far as check me out instead of just giving me a shot and a Z pack and prednisone and sent me home. I really just feel like they should’ve checked my oxygen they should’ve checked my temperature and they should’ve at least done a chest x-ray I was just very disappointed this time. I recommend them because it is always been a good place but I’m trying to just make it out as the fact that they close at eight and I got there at seven so they were ready to go home. I tested negative for Covid but not that I want that Q-tip shoved up in my nose but I really don’t think they are testing right because it just barely went up in my nose. I feel like they should do a different type of Covid test if they don’t know how to put the Q-tip in the nasal and actually get a good swab. Just makes me wonder do I have Covid and have I exposed others so I am being very safe at home and staying away from everyone because I am so sick I have no energy and I really can’t drive right now. And I don’t really have anyone to help me because everyone has a life and it’s kind of hard to ask them to stop what they’re doing to take me to the doctor that may take hours you never know. I just thought that urgent care was my best bet because it has always been in the past this time I really just feel like they were done with the day and wanted out of there. If I’m not better in a few days I’m going to have to go to the hospital and I don’t want to. Then I will be exposed to all those germs that has been brought in there. I have a very low immune system and catch everything and anything so I’m scared to go to the hospital but at the same time if I get worse or do not get better I’m going to have to when I really feel like the urgent care could’ve helped me better than they did.

- Verified patient on 5/15

Went for a Covid test and it was very quick and efficient. I’m only docking one star for cleanliness bc the testing area is in the vestibule/entryway to the facility. (It’s private and covered from the public, but you are outdoors. It was still clean.)

- Verified patient on 9/17

I was already impressed with how easy it was to book a covid test appointment online, but the amount of open availability. I was even more impressed when I almost immediately received a follow up call from a very friendly staff member. The next day, I was able to get in for my appointment and it took less than 5 mins! It was clean and safe, and -again- the staff, from both the front desk woman to the nurse who did my test, was beyond kind and efficient. I highly recommend coming here.

- Verified patient on 9/15

Very easy to book and very easy to take the rapid Covid test. My only complaint would be the website & signage state 15 mins but you actually have to wait one hour and return to site. A text with results would be great.

- Verified patient on 10/30

Very simple easy covid test. No wait time. In and out in no time. Very friendly competent staff. Made a stressful situation less so.

- Verified patient on 12/17

COVID test. Quick and easy

- Verified patient on 11/7

Had to take a COVID test for dental work. Made appointment online. They followed up with phone call. Went in the next morning. In and out in 10 min. Thanks

- Verified patient on 6/27

We were tested in the open air entry way of the clinic, separated from the front door and the sidewalk by a curtain. This felt like a safe way to provide the covid test.

- Verified patient on 12/14

Nurse didn’t ware gloves while conducting COVID tests

- Verified patient on 1/1

We needed a covid test for my daughter’s school. They had an open appointment a week from the day I checked. So only a week delay to test, if you want same-day service; not happening here; expect a week delay. We got to appointment 15 min early; because I was paying out of pocket, I didn’t have to fill out all the insurance stuff. They can take cash or credit card (I didn’t check if they would take a personal check). Daughter got swabbed and test takes 3-5 working days for results.

- Verified patient on 1/10

Just here for a covid test. It was in an alley with pop up tents as an office. It was adequate for what they are providing, a covid test.

- Verified patient on 11/9

I felt very unsafe with the way the covid test was taken. Patients should not have to wait in a four-square-foot alcove behind the curtain with no air circulation—the same alcove dozens of other patients with suspected covid exposure stood in. When I asked to wait outside the curtain, I was told to stay inside. Not pandemic safe at all.

- Verified patient on 12/15

Best covid test experience I have had!

- Verified patient on 4/13

Went for covid test which was done outside behind curtains which made a lot of sense. Safety for all concerned.

- Verified patient on 11/5

Quick and easy however parking is brutal. Expect at least 10 mins to get parking. However, went for a Covid test, friendly staff and quick process. I have PPO and paid $30. Pretty surprised for the cost at an urgent care, typically it’s more expensive. Thanks!

- Verified patient on 12/24

I was charged $20. My Unitedhealthcare said I don’t have to pay anything for Covid test.

- Verified patient on 12/9

I really only went for a COVID test which took place in the entry way of the clinic. So not a fair assessment of the clinic beyond wait time, organization and staff&clinician friendliness, all which were very good.

- Verified patient on 12/26

The person scheduled us last minute which were so thankful for. Everyone was really great including the doctor assistant who administered the covid tests.

- Verified patient on 7/17

San Francisco COVID Testing & Rapid Testing

Types of COVID Tests

There are two types of coronavirus tests (COVID-19 tests) available, those that can test for a current infection (viral test) and those that can test for a past infection (antibody test).

Viral COVID testing can be done in a few different ways, the most common being nose swabs, but saliva tests are becoming more popular. Some tests are processed out on-site and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes. These are called rapid COVID tests. The majority of tests, on the other hand, are collected at the clinic on-site and then submitted to off-site labs for processing. Results can take up to 2-3 days to arrive. 

Antibody testing looks for a past infection and may not reveal if you have an active COVID-19 infection because antibodies can take up to three weeks to form in your body. The presence of COVID antibodies may help to prevent you from becoming infected with the same virus again; but, because the clinical understanding of COVID-19 is still developing, it's unclear how long that protection will continue.

Who should get tested for current infection

The CDC currently defines four instances where COVID testing is recommended:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you have been vaccinated, or tested positive in the past 3 months and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to be tested.
  3. If you are unvaccinated and participated in high-risk activities where distancing is not an option. This could include travel, large social or mass gatherings, crowded indoor settings, etc.
  4. If you have been referred to get a COVID test by your healthcare provider or local health department. 

How is testing done for COVID-19?

Most COVID tests are collected by a nasal swab. A member of the medical team puts a swab inside your nose for a few seconds on each side to collect the sample. After that, the samples are packaged according to CDC guidelines and tested on-site or transported to a facility for testing. The lab will test samples for the presence of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID infection and either your care provider or the lab will notify you with the results as soon as they are available.

PCR vs Antigen Testing

Viral COVID tests are available as molecular and antigen tests. The molecular test, also known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, usually delivers results within a few days since most of these tests are sent to offsite labs for analysis. The average turnaround time for PCR test results is 48 hours, but in some instances may be significantly longer due to backlogs related to insufficient lab volume and capacity. Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests and have an average turnaround time of between 15 to 30 minutes.

Both PCR and rapid COVID tests can be used to test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, those who were close contacts to COVID-19, and those without COVID-19 symptoms who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as a nursing facility); or those individuals who are identified as part of outbreak detection and response. The rapid COVID test is also recommended for the screening of residents or healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities along with a PCR confirmation, and for repeat screening for the early detection and prevention of outbreaks in congregate settings (such as schools, workplaces, and prisons).

COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. To reduce the risk of facing extra costs related to COVID testing, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a free COVID test site, and confirm there are no charges or fees for the test that are not covered by your insurance plan. Additionally, avoid getting a COVID test at a hospital or free-standing emergency room, as these facilities may charge fees for COVID testing and related services.

Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Apr 25, 22

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