IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED
CDC has updated its guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. See Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR SCHOOLS
CDC recommends schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more
Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more

Testing

Testing
Smithsonian Testing

Testing

Protect yourself and others. Wear a mask, wash hands often, stay 6ft from others.

What if my self-test is positive? Find out what to do.

blue

Coronavirus Self-Checker
user md chat light icon

Coronavirus Self-Checker is a tool to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and appropriate medical care.

Get the Tool
vials light icon

COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool

A tool to help you understand COVID-19 testing options. The tool helps individuals determine what type of test they should seek. After test results are in, the tool can help interpret test results and guide next steps.

The COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool is an interactive web tool designed to help both healthcare providers and individuals understand COVID-19 testing options. This tool helps healthcare providers quickly access the most relevant, actionable information to determine what type(s) of COVID-19 testing they should recommend to patients. The tool helps individuals determine what type of test they should seek. After test results are in, the tool can help interpret test results and guide next steps. 

The online, mobile-friendly tool asks a series of questions, and provides recommended actions and resources based on the user’s responses. 

hand holding medical light icon
search icon
Digital Resources
Viral test for COVID-19

Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19. A viral test may tell you if you have a current infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.

What your test results mean

What Your Test Results Mean pdf icon[142 KB, 1 page]

If you test positive, stay home. If you test negative, take steps to prevent getting sick.