You find out you were exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Should you be tested even if you don’t have symptoms?
According to the Florida Department of Health, the answer is yes. If someone you had contact with lets you know they have tested positive for COVID-19, you should be tested. It is possible to carry the virus – and pass it on to others – even if you have no symptoms. Testing is available through most pharmacies. For a testing site near you, go online to https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/
If you are not feeling well, but don’t think you have COVID-19 symptoms, should you be tested?
If you are not feeling well, the Department of Health advises you to stay home so that you don’t pass it on to others, even if it’s “just a cold” and not COVID-19. But COVID-19 has been connected to a wide variety of symptoms. It’s not safe to assume it’s “just a cold” if you don’t have some of the more common COVID-19 symptoms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, covid symptoms can include:
• Fever or chills,
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
• Muscle or body aches,
• New loss of taste or smell,
• Sore throat,
• Congestion or runny nose,
• Nausea or vomiting,
Seek medical care immediately if symptoms include:
• Trouble breathing,
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest,
• New confusion,
• Inability to wake or stay awake,
• Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
For a covid vaccination site near you, go online to https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/