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Can I take a COVID-19 test at home?
Yes. There are home test kits available over the counter, but your doctor, school or employer may ask you to take an additional test to confirm your test result. Follow instructions in the At Home Testing Guidelines for the Public.
- If you test positive, it is important that you take steps right away to protect family, friends, coworkers, and others around you - like calling people you may have exposed, staying home and wearing a well-fitting mask. You may qualify for COVID-19 treatments that could reduce the risk of severe disease.
- A negative self-test result means that the test did not detect the COVID-19 virus and you may not have an infection, but it does not rule out a COVID-19 infection. Repeating the test within a few days, with at least 24 hours between tests, will increase the confidence that you are not infected. If you tested while you had symptoms and followed instructions carefully, a negative result means your current illness is probably not COVID-19.