COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is an illness caused by a virus. This virus is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. It is called SARS-CoV-2. There are two types of tests for this virus:
- A viral test tells you if you have a current infection
- An antibody (serology) test might tell you if you had a past infection
If you think that you need a COVID-19 test, contact your health care provider. You can also check your state or local health department's website for information on testing in your area.
Even if a test shows that you do not currently have COVID-19, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
- COVID-19 Antibody Testing (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- How do COVID-19 Antibody Tests Differ from Diagnostic Tests? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Nasal Swab (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Test for Current COVID-19 Infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
- Test for Past COVID-19 Infection (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Also in Spanish
Statistics and Research
- Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Are the Different Types of Tests? (Nemours Foundation)