What are the different types of rapid COVID-19 tests available?
  • Molecular: Molecular tests diagnose COVID-19 based on detection of the virus’s genetic material. The rapid molecular test is highly accurate, but the supplies for this test can be limited. 
  • Antigen: Antigen tests diagnose COVID-19 based on detecting different parts of the virus. Antigen tests are best used on people who have had COVID-19 symptoms for a few days. However, for people who want to get tested and do not have symptoms, antigen tests have a higher chance of missing an active infection. If you do not have symptoms but got a negative antigen test, your health care provider might order a molecular test to make sure you don’t have COVID-19. 

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1. Should I get tested?
2. Where can I get tested?
3. What should I know about At-Home testing?
4. How do I order the free At-Home rapid testing kit?
5. How can I get to a testing site if I don’t have transportation?
6. If I have no symptoms, should I get tested for COVID-19?
7. What is the difference between the tests available?
8. Should I get tested if I think I have been re-infected?
9. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
10. Where can I get ongoing care including primary care if I am uninsured?
11. How much does it cost to get a COVID-19 test?
12. What about antibody/serologic testing?
13. Where can I find more testing resources and information?
14. What should I bring when I get tested?
15. How do I get my results from my test?
16. How soon will I get my results?
17. What is the difference between a rapid test and quick lab turn-around time?
18. How are rapid COVID-19 tests different from other tests?
19. What are the different types of rapid COVID-19 tests available?
20. What should I know about rapid testing before getting a rapid test?
21. What questions should I ask the site that is conducting rapid testing?
22. What options are there for a homebound person to get tested or vaccinated?
23. What are the requirements for travel?